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  • Leslie Gentry (4/3/2014 1:26:00 AM) Post reply Stage

    I've been searching for a poem I copied many years ago and then lost. I believe it was in either McCall's or Ladies Home Journal sometime in 1965, or possibly the first of 1966. I'm sorry that I don't remember the title or the author, but I recall several of the lines or a close approximation-
    " Not like the fierce wisteria or the trumpet vine,
    I will not clutch nor choke nor subtly twine
    Nor seek to kill your quickness...
    " The honeysuckle(?) welcomes the thrust of the hummingbird and sets no honeyed traps
    The far cry heard is freely given back from the echoing hollow..."
    and the last line: " Remember me as a scarlet leaf that stops the heart for a moment but brings no grief"

    I sent that poem to my then fiance sometime between Jan and April of 1966, so it's been awhile!

  • Drew Ken (3/30/2014 6:06:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    I am looking for a poem my dad read as a kid and told me about recently. He said that it is about arriving at Heaven's gate and how you should be all roughed up from life rather than looking perfect, because the roughed up person actually lived life to the fullest and did what he wanted, while the perfect looking people never did what they wanted in fear of getting roughed up. Of course this is just a paraphrase of my dad's paraphrase, so it is probably quite a bit different but the message should be similar. Thanks!

  • Dennis Beauchamp (3/28/2014 2:48:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    Searching desperately for Mom Poem, this is the line I remember clearest: " but I must realize that is the great teacher of character. It’s not me… I’m not the teacher"

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/28/2014 2:46:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    I am trying to know and read the poems of world poets in the early history of poem in different world languages that have translated to English which only can I understand. The most earlier history of poem in English language is also an interesting subject and will be welcomed to see and read it. Though hundreds of poems are easily readable now the earlier poems of Arabic, latin, Greek, Sanskrit like old literatures are not forthcoming in the net works easily and those are so much interested to read. What about the poems available in Hebrew, Arabic, russian like languages are also to be welcomed to read and understand.

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    • Laura Burns (3/28/2014 4:18:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      The Academy for Ancient Texts has a web site you might find interesting.

  • Ben Morris (3/27/2014 1:23:00 AM) Post reply Stage

    Hello. I'm trying to find a poem I read a few years ago but unfortunately I remember very little about it so it might be a bit of a forlorn hope. All I remember is that it was written from a single man's point of view looking at another man and a woman as a couple. And it goes on to describe the woman in glowing terms, and belittles the man, and says how she's surely out of his league, but then finishes off by questioning whether the author is just placing too much value on the woman and not enough on the man. It must have been in some poem anthology, and I get the impression it was a reasonably modern poem, but beyond that I'm really stuck where to look. Hopefully there's someone out there who this might ring some bells with. Thanks!

  • Steve Fitzpatrick (3/17/2014 5:09:00 AM) Post reply | Read 2 replies Stage

    Hello I am looking for a Poem/Limerick I had sent to me Via an old Birthday card.

    Forgive the spelling it was a long time ago.
    It was by Pete Shanderputt?
    About golf all I can remember of it was the First and last lines which went " Golf is a game of frustration" & " And the balls are allergic to holes"
    Can anyone help?

    Thanks in advance


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    • Laura Burns (3/17/2014 11:01:00 AM) Post reply Stage

      Sorry I do not have the second line, but the end of the limerick goes: They stand and they swing, The clubs do their own thing, And the balls are allergic to holes.

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  • Bob Smith (3/16/2014 10:25:00 PM) Post reply Stage

    Hello, I need help finding a poem, I believe it is by Pablo Neruda and goes something like:

    One, i love this about you
    Four, why do we count so high

  • Tom Cunningham (3/16/2014 11:24:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    I am looking for a poem I read when I was in grade school some 40 years ago. It was about a librarian that was hung for having books that the town people considered to be bad. The librarian was speaking from the grave asking how the people could consider something bad when they only considered their thoughts as good and everything else as bad. I thing it was part of a collection of poems in which each grave had a story to tell.

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    • Laura Burns (4/9/2014 9:00:00 AM) Post reply Stage

      The librarian died naturally in the poem, but I think you are remembering " Seth Compton" from Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology.

  • Sabrina Priebe (3/16/2014 2:02:00 AM) Post reply Stage

    I am looking for a great poem re: courage in fighting for civil rights. But I don't know the author or title. It refers to Fannie Lou Hamer's campaigning for equal voting rights for black people. (I am not sure if her name was used in the poem.) " she wanted the vote" is a line used at least twice, probably more. Near the end of the poem is the line " men had gone to the bottom of the river/for wanting less" (not sure of the line break) . The poem ends with the lines " black as the earth/underfoot." (I am not entirely sure of the capitalization or punctuation.)

    My efforts to find the poem using key phrases in the search box, with or without quotes around them, have come to naught. Either I get inundated by references which contain ONE of the words in my search, or I get a long list of poems which think I am looking for the TITLE of the poem (again, one word out of the phrase will do, apparently) . Or, I ask for an " exact quote" only to be told that my search turned up zero matches. Come ON! Surely it's possible to design a website that allows people without perfect recall to find a poem.

  • Gina Clark (3/12/2014 8:16:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply Stage

    Hello, I'm looking for a poem I read in college...

    About watching a couple of sunbathers, young girls, on the beach in Bolinas California
    One line I remember; 'their souls opening and closing, opening and closing...'

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    • Laura Burns (3/15/2014 1:14:00 PM) Post reply Stage

      NORTH OF SAN FRANCISCO by Yehuda Amichai Here the soft hills touch the ocean like one eternity touching another and the cows grazing on them ignore us, like angels. Even the scent of ripe melo ... more

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