Recuerdo by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Vancouver has two water taxi companies that run up and down False Creek, cross-crossing each other with graceful ease. The pilots seem to have a special language that only they know. From Hornsby Street and Granville Island to Spyglass Place and the Plaza of Nations, these taxis carry visitors from across the world, as wellContinue reading “Recuerdo by Edna St. Vincent Millay”

The Crystal Gazer by Sara Teasdale

Winter loves poetry. The daffodils and cherry blossoms have arrived to herald the coming of spring, but Canada loves winter. When I lived in Northern Manitoba we were not surprised when snow appeared in the middle of June. Tonight, in celebration of poetry month, I have returned to a poem I recited on a clearContinue reading “The Crystal Gazer by Sara Teasdale”

Welcoming April with Rainer Maria Rilke

April is National Poetry Month! Spring, with its renewed energy after a Winter’s rest, awakens our hearts to the words of poetic inspiration. April invites us to celebrate its arrival with a reading of poetry. Poetry is one of the oldest creative endeavors – an art form that has the benefit of diversity. Haiku, sonnet,Continue reading “Welcoming April with Rainer Maria Rilke”

Celebrating Spring with William Wordsworth

“Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher.” William Wordsworth William Wordsworth is one of the most beloved poets of all time. Born in Cumbria, England in 1870, he lived during the Romantic Period of literature.  His love of nature inspired many of his poems, even as the French Revolution influencedContinue reading “Celebrating Spring with William Wordsworth”

Sea Fever by John Masefield

Poetry gives substance to our experiences, as if to help us understand the import of a specific time and place.  Words assimilate with emotional responses to produce memories that can be recalled with a vibrant clarity.   Listening to poetry we relive the moment again. Several years ago, my son and I walked along the sandyContinue reading “Sea Fever by John Masefield”

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

Yesterday, we celebrated the 91st birthday of my mother, Frances. It was a wonderful family time of recalling memories of the past and enumerating blessings we have today. My parents had many adventures during the 60 years they shared together. Even though Dad passed over ten years ago, his presence continues to be in ourContinue reading “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod”