We are not now that strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. Alfred Lord Tennyson Wishing you all a wonderful new year.

*142* Poetry Monday

I Have Been a Stranger in a Strange Land (Rita Dove) Life's spell is so exquisite, everything conspires to break it.  Emily Dickinson It wasn't bliss. What was bliss  but the ordinary life? She'd spend hours  in patter, moving through whole days  touching, sniffing, tasting . . . exquisite  housekeeping in a charmed world.  And yet there was always   more of… Continue reading *142* Poetry Monday