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Poetry Friday: Delivery by Jimmy Eat World

I can only use what I learn from you
And the rest I quietly accept and burn through
I can only be so much potentially
From the rest, I patiently request delivery

- lyrics from Delivery by Jimmy Eat World

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Poetry Friday: And Later... by Jen Bryant

I take my kaleidoscope off the shelf,
look through the little hole at the end
of the cardboard tube;

I turn       and turn       and turn       and turn,

letting the crystals shift into strange
and beautiful patterns, letting the pieces fall
wherever they will.

- And Later... by Jen Bryant

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Poetry Friday: Half Heart by Jimmy Eat World

The path you didn't take, it always ends perfect only 'cause you never did

The floating fire is hard to hold
Our fingers pass right through its glow
There's peace out there somewhere in time
But I'm as real as you will find

- selected lyrics from Half Heart by Jimmy Eat World

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Poetry Friday: Control by Rae Armantrout

We are learning to control our thoughts,
to set obtrusive thoughts aside.

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Can a thought truly be mine
if I am not currently thinking it?

There are two sides
to any argument;

one arm
in each sleeve.

- selected lines from Control by Rae Armantrout

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Poetry Friday: When the Smoke Clears by Imaginary Future and Kina Grannis

Time is all we ever wanted in this life
We glue ourselves together every night
A star upon a rock against the tide

Try to separate the body from the mind
We fall apart in ways we never like
We move the frame until we are the sky

We're gonna be the last ones standing
Much better for the hard-earned landing
If we're a part of everything, then all is as it ought to be
We're gonna be the last ones standing

Home is only an illusion of the soul
We fool ourselves to think we have control
As if there were another way to go

We're gonna be the last ones standing
Much better for the hard-earned landing
If we're a part of everything, then all is as it ought to be
We're gonna be the last ones standing
When the smoke clears

- lyrics from When the Smoke Clears by Imaginary Future and Kina Grannis

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Poetry Friday: All overgrown by cunning moss by Emily Dickinson

All overgrown by cunning moss,
All interspersed with weed,
The little cage of "Currer Bell"
In quiet "Haworth" laid.

This Bird – observing others
When frosts too sharp became
Retire to other latitudes –
Quietly did the same –

But differed in returning –
Since Yorkshire hills are green –
Yet not in all the nests I meet –
Can Nightingale be seen –

- Emily Dickinson

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Poetry Friday: Wood. Salt. Tin. by Jane Hirshfield

Little soul,
do you remember?

You once walked
over wooden boards
to a house
that sat on stilts in the sea.

It was early.

The sun painted
brightness onto the water,
and wherever you sat
that path
led directly to you.

Some mornings
the sea-road was muted
scratched tin,
some mornings blinding.

Then it would leave.

Little soul,
it is strange - 

even now it is early.

- Wood. Salt. Tin. by Jane Hirshfield

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Poetry Friday: Making Peace by Denise Levertov

A voice from the dark called out,
           ‘The poets must give us
imagination of peace, to oust the intense, familiar
imagination of disaster. Peace, not only
the absence of war.’
                                 But peace, like a poem,
is not there ahead of itself,
can’t be imagined before it is made,
can’t be known except
in the words of its making,
grammar of justice,
syntax of mutual aid.
                                     A feeling towards it,
dimly sensing a rhythm, is all we have
until we begin to utter its metaphors,
learning them as we speak.
                                            A line of peace might appear
if we restructured the sentence our lives are making,
revoked its reaffirmation of profit and power,
questioned our needs, allowed
long pauses . . .
                       A cadence of peace might balance its weight
on that different fulcrum; peace, a presence,
an energy field more intense than war,
might pulse then,
stanza by stanza into the world,
each act of living
one of its words, each word
a vibration of light—facets
of the forming crystal.

- Making Peace by Denise Levertov

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Poetry Friday: The Cat’s Song by Marge Piercy

You feed me, I try to feed you, we are friends,
says the cat, although I am more equal than you.
Can you leap twenty times the height of your body?
Can you run up and down trees? Jump between roofs?

- selected lines from The Cat's Song by Marge Piercy

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