I would liken you To a night without stars Were it not for your eyes. I would liken you To a sleep without dreams Were it not for your songs. — Langston Hughes, “Quiet Girl,” The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes (First Vintage Classic, 1995)
Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly. — Langston Hughes, from “Dreams,” The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes. (Vintage; 1st Vintage classics ed edition, October 31, 1995) Originally published November 15th 1994.
Un-winged and naked, sorrow surrenders its crown to a throne called grace. ― Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams. (Bright Skylark Literary Productions and Lulu; First edition May 14, 2010)
ever been kidnapped by a poet if i were a poet i’d kidnap you put you in my phrases and meter you to jones beach or maybe coney island or maybe just to my house lyric you in lilacs dash you in the rain blend into the beach to complement my see play the lyre… Continue reading Nikki Giovanni
we used to talk all night and do things alone together and i’ve begun (as a reaction to a feeling) to balance the pleasure of loneliness against the pain of loving you — Nikki Giovanni, from “Balances,” Love Poems. (William Morrow; 1 edition February 14, 1997)
With its leaves so rich and heavy with elation and its crimson face made brighter with visions of divinity the shadow of a certain rose looks just like an angel eating light. ― Aberjhani, Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black. (Black Skylark Singing and Lulu; 1st edition July 24, 2012)
A world without poetry and art would be too much like one without birds or flowers: bearable but a lot less enjoyable. ― Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry. (lulu.com May 28, 2014)