Poetry & Prose

01
Mar
2014

Still I Rise

Categories // Poetry & Prose

sq 121You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

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08
Dec
2013

The Story of the Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson

Categories // Poetry & Prose

the little_match_girlSusan notes: at Christmas, when I was a young girl, my mother used to read me this story from a beautiful picture book.

I remember how it made me feel at once terribly sad and tearfully joyful.

I could imagine the poor little girl cold and alone, seeking comfort from a few matches, the only possesions she had...

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04
Apr
2013

Woman Work (Maya Angelou)

Categories // Poetry & Prose

woman workI've got the children to tend
The clothes to mend
The floor to mop
The food to shop
Then the chicken to fry
The baby to dry
I got company to feed
The garden to weed
I've got shirts to press
The tots to dress

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25
Oct
2012

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

Categories // Poetry & Prose

pink-sunrise-d-paulson 650Susan notes: This poem is dedicated to lives cut short because of struggle, violence, illness, poverty, neglect, fear, hatred, conflict, and for no apparent reason other than they were called by angels, anywhere and everywhere in the world, yesterday, today, tomorrow and always, as well as to relationships and years gone by, not that we should forget them, but that they should become the fertile ground in which we sow the seeds of the future.

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08
Sep
2012

Hijab Girls (And More) By Cory Eldridge

Categories // Poetry & Prose

Susan notes: this beautiful piece by Cory Eldridge found me in a roundabout way. Someone had posted a link to another story by Eldridge on a blog that I follow.


After I savoured the short essay, which
I can only describe as one of the best pieces of writing about expat workers that I have ever read, I scrolled down to find the one below about two young Muslim girls in an American schoolyard. It's also beautiful. And particularly touching given the recent stabbing murder of Marwa Sherbini, 31, an Egyptian woman living in Germany.
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04
May
2012

How To Be Alone (The Poem)

Categories // Poetry & Prose

be aloneIf you are at first lonely, be patient. If you’ve not been alone much, or if when you were, you weren’t okay with it, then just wait.

You’ll find it’s fine to be alone once you’re embracing it.

We could start with the acceptable places, the bathroom, the coffee shop, the library. Where you can stall and read the paper, where you can get your caffeine fix and sit and stay there.

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20
Apr
2012

The Daffodil Principle

Categories // Poetry & Prose

daffodilsSusan notes: This story is frequently attributed to Jaroldeen Asplund Edwards I have tried (unsuccessfully), to verify its truth, but have been unable to confirm via any of the internet myth sites. I’ve also followed the thread of authorship, and sent emails to people who claim to have known the author or seen the “garden,” but so far have not received a reply. If anyone has proof that this story is fact and not fiction, I would be happy to have the information. In the meantime, enjoy!

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