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Freedom’s Plow

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In honor of Memorial Day, I am sharing a piece of patriotic writing from a unique and powerful American voice, Langston Hughes. Below are the last three stanzas of the poem, you can find the entirety of the poem here. Freedom’s Plow by Langston Hughes, 1943 America is a dream. The poet says it was…

I Saw Two Birds

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I Saw Two Birds by Hafiz as translated by Daniel Ladinsky Both of our mouths Can fit upon this flute I carry. My music will sound So much sweeter that way. With your breath and my breath Poking each other in the ribs And kissing. I saw two birds on a limb this morning Laughing…

Song of the Open Road

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Song of the Open Road (stanzas 1 and 17) by Walt Whitman 1 Afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose. Henceforth I ask not good-fortuneā€”I myself am good fortune; Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more,…

The Longing

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The Longing by em claire Do not pretend that The Longing has not also lived in you, swinging like a pendulum. You have been lost, and thieved like a criminal your Heart into that darkness. But life is tired, Deep Friend, of going on without you. It is like the hand of the mother who…

Daffodils

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in time of daffodils by e.e. cummings in time of daffodils (who know the goal of living is to grow) forgetting why, remember how in time of lilacs who proclaim the aim of waking is to dream, remember so (forgetting seem) in time of roses (who amaze our now and here with paradise) forgetting if,…

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