Surprised by Joy

‘Surprised by Joy’ is a heart-breaking poem written by William Wordsworth when recalling the grief of his daughter, Catherine’s passing. The poem is written in the form of a sonnet, with the first eight lines describing his initial shock and disbelief, and the last six lines expressing his deep sorrow and regret. “Surprised by Joy”Continue reading “Surprised by Joy”

A Winter Twilight by Angelina Weld Grimké

Winter is a time for poetry A Winter Twilight” by Angelina Weld Grimké was published in 1923. The poem is about the beauty of a wintry evening and the power of nature. It is a didactic poem that speaks to the mysteries of the natural world and the inevitability of transitions as the scene movesContinue reading “A Winter Twilight by Angelina Weld Grimké”

A Walk in Winter with Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson reminds us that hope sheds light in dark places. Emily Dickinson’s poem ‘Hope’ is a beautiful reminder of the enduring capacity for hope that resides within us all. The poem speaks of hope as a bird, soaring through the sky despite the storms that surround it during flight.  Emily Dickinson’s poetic words encourageContinue reading “A Walk in Winter with Emily Dickinson”

Standing on the Banks of the Cheakamus River

Reciting poetry in nature is an extraordinary experience. Perhaps it is the way that words sound when surrounded by the noise and vibrations of the outdoors. Words resonate and energize the spirit when spoken out loud, carried by the wind into the unknown.  Words carried by the wind into the unknown. This summer, we attendedContinue reading “Standing on the Banks of the Cheakamus River”

In A Japanese Garden

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”  Matsuo Bashō Gardens create moments of serenity in the midst of a chaotic world. They invite us to find peace, encouraging us to let go of our stresses and worries. The sights and sounds of nature are distilled, not amplified. Like all great art,Continue reading “In A Japanese Garden”

Sarah On the Poetry of Henry Lawson

Books have the awesome power to transform, engage and inspire. Three years ago, my sister Sarah invited me to join her on the The Book Dialogue Podcast. Over the years, books have been a topic of conversation whenever we get together. She reminded me that it happens to all of us. Some time in ourContinue reading “Sarah On the Poetry of Henry Lawson”