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Stanzas in Meditation: Stanza 83

By Gertrude Stein

Why am I if I am uncertain reasons may inclose.   
Remain remain propose repose chose.   
I call carelessly that the door is open    . . .

The Star

By Ann Taylor, Jane Taylor

TWINKLE, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are !
Up above the world so high, . . .

The Statesmen

By Ambrose Bierce

How blest the land that counts among
      Her sons so many good and wise,
To execute great feats of tongue . . .

Stone Canyon Nocturne

By Charles Wright

Ancient of Days, old friend, no one believes you’ll come back.   
No one believes in his own life anymore.
. . .

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

By Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.   
His house is in the village though;   
He will not see me stopping here    . . .

Strange!

By John Frederick Nims

I’d have you known! It puzzles me forever   
To hear, day in, day out, the words men use,   
But never a single word about you, never.    . . .

The Strength of Fields

By James L. Dickey



Moth-force a small town always has,    . . .

Sugar Dada

By J. Allyn Rosser

Go home. It's never what you think it is,
The kiss, the diamond, the slamdance pulse in the wrist.
Nothing is true, my dear, not even this . . .

Summer at North Farm

By Stephen Kuusisto

Fires, always fires after midnight,
the sun depending in the purple birches
. . .

The Sun Rising

By John Donne

               Busy old fool, unruly sun,
               Why dost thou thus,
Through windows, and through curtains call on us? . . .

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