She reclines, more or less.
Try that posture, it's hardly languor.
Her right arm sharp angles.
With her left she conceals her ambush.
Shoes but not stockings,
how sinister. The flower
behind her ear is naturally
not real, of a piece
with the sofa's drapery.
The windows (if any) are shut.
This is indoor sin.
Above the head of the (clothed) maid
is an invisible voice balloon: slut.

But. Consider the body,
unfragile, defiant, the pale nipples
staring you right in the bull's-eye.
Consider also the black ribbon
around the neck. What's under it?
A fine red threadline, where the head
was taken off and glued back on.
The body's on offer,
but the neck's as far as it goes.

This is no morsel.
Put clothes on her and you'd have a schoolteacher,
the kind with the brittle whiphand.

There's someone else in this room.
You, Monsieur Voyeur.
As for that object of yours
she's seen those before, and better.

I, the head, am the only subject
of this picture.
You, Sir, are furniture.
Get stuffed.


-Margaret Atwood




























little nothings


We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for."

-- John Keating in Dead Poets Society (1989)



John Keats - When I Have Fears

Margaret Atwood - A Sad Child


A. L. Frink - The Rose Beyond the Wall

Anne Sexton - Cinderella

Anne Sexton - Courage

Anne Sexton - Wanting to Die

Anna Akhmatova - The Sentence

Bloodpoet - We Are Still Here

Christina Ragsdale - Long and Lonely Road

Dorothy Parker - Unfortunate Coincidence

Dylan Thomas - Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Edgar Allen Poe - A Dream

Edgar Allen Poe - Dream Within a Dream

Edgar Allen Poe - The Raven

Edgar Guest - Failures

Edmund Rostand - Cyrano de Bergerac

Elizabeth Alexander - Blues

Elizabeth Bauer - Visions

Elizabeth Stanley - The Will

Emily Dickenson - Hope

Emily Dickenson - I’m Nobody

Erica Mann Jong - Another Language

Gertrude McDaniel - Lost…A Word

Jacqueline Winfield - If…

Jessie B. Rittenhouse - My Wage

Jessie Monk-Eller - The Comfort of a Memory

Judith Viorst - Fifteen, Maybe Sixteen Things to Worry About

Langston Hughes - Dream Deferred

Langston Hughes - The Dream Keeper

Li - Sea of Peace

Liz Waldner - A Calculus of Readiness

Louise Fletcher Tarkington - The Land of Beginning Again

Margaret Atwood - Variation on the Word Sleep

Mary Frye - Do Not Stand at my Grave

Maya Angelou - Alone

Maya Angelou - Caged Bird

Maya Angelou - Phenomenal Woman

Maya Angelou - Still I Rise

Mildred Price - My Cage

Milton Berle - I’d Rather Be

Nikki Giovanni - Untitled

Nina Simone - Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart

Pablo Neruda - If You Forget Me

Rita McIlwain - I Wonder

Robert Frost - Fire and Ice

Robert Frost - Nothing Gold Can Stay

Robert Frost - The Road Not Taken

Ronald Koertge - An Infinite Number of Monkeys

Rudyard Kipling - The Elephant Child

Rudyard Kipling - If

Ruth B. Field - Untitled

Ruth Stone - In the Galaxy

Saves the Day - Blindfolded

Sylvia Plath - Mirror

Unknown - Beauty of a Woman

Unknown - Dust If You Must

Unknown - Early Morning

Unknown - Fair Death

Unknown - Honor

Unknown - If I Knew

Unknown - I may Never See Tomorrow

Unknown - Inscription on Cellar Walls from WWII

Unknown - I wish that you could see me…

Unknown - Miss Me, But Let Me Go

Unknown - A Place for Me

Veronica A. Shoffstall - After A While

Walt Whitman - I Hear America Singing

William Shakespeare - All The World’s a Stage

William Shakespeare - Shall I Compare Thee (Sonnet XVIII)








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