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Childhood’s Retreat

By Robert Duncan

It’s in the perilous boughs of the tree   
out of blue sky    the wind   
sings loudest surrounding me. . . .

The Children of the Poor

By Gwendolyn Brooks


People who have no children can be hard: . . .

The Children's Hour

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Between the dark and the daylight,
      When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the day's occupations, . . .

The Chimney Sweeper: A little black thing among the snow

By William Blake

A little black thing among the snow,
Crying "weep! 'weep!" in notes of woe!
"Where are thy father and mother? say?" . . .

The Chimney Sweeper: When my mother died I was very young

By William Blake

When my mother died I was very young,
And my father sold me while yet my tongue
Could scarcely cry " 'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!" . . .


By Tess Gallagher

I go to the mountain side
of the house to cut saplings,
and clear a view to snow . . .


By Stuart Dybek

A man steps out of sunlight,
sunlight that streams like grace,
. . .

Chorus Sacerdotum

By Fulke Greville

O wearisome condition of humanity!
Born under one law, to another bound;
Vainly begot and yet forbidden vanity; . . .

The Cities Inside Us

By Alberto Ríos

We live in secret cities
And we travel unmapped roads.
. . .

City Lights

By Mary Avidano

My father, rather a quiet man,
told a story only the one time,
if even then—he had so little . . .