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Mary Oliver

Some Questions You Might Ask Is the soul solid, like iron? Or is it tender and breakable, like the wings of a moth in the beak of the owl? Who has it, and who doesn’t? I keep looking around me. The face of the moose is as sad as the face of Jesus. The swan… Continue reading Mary Oliver

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Billy Collins

But some nights, I must tell you, I go down there after everyone has fallen asleep. I swim back and forth in the echoing blackness. I sing a love song as well as I can, lost for a while in the home of the rain. — Billy Collins, from “Water Table” The Art Of Drowning. University… Continue reading Billy Collins

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Lord Alfred Tennyson

I hold it true, whate’er befall;         I feel it, when I sorrow most;         ‘Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all. — Lord Alfred Tennyson, from “In Memoriam A. H. H. OBIIT MDCCCXXXIII: 27,″  In Memoriam (London: E. Moxon, 1850). PR 5562 A1 1850 Victoria College Library… Continue reading Lord Alfred Tennyson

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