IllinoisTimes - Poetry http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-34-1-poetry.html Wed, 28 Jan 15 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 swimming lessons poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14996-swimming-lessons-poem-1.html swimming lessons poem #1
 swimming lessons  poem #1     I don’t recall how kids 3 and 4 learnedto swim I do have a found scrap from ellielabeled “courage tests” the list headedby “swim through...]]>
january 15, 2015 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14977-january-15-2015.html january 15, 2015
today’s her birthday or wasit’s not that I loved her morethan I loved—love—you threeI loved her different just asI love each of you differentand now that particular muchloved much valued diffe...]]>
newyears poem #11 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14942-newyears-poem-11.html newyears poem #11
 newyears poem #11  you may have stacks of moldering dishes piles ofdisheveled clutter a hamper of odorous garments a carfull of indescribable litter snow to shovel letters to tendbills dema...]]>
december end poem http://illinoistimes.com/article-14910-december-end-poem.html december end poem
a friend helping me clean my kitchenor try to clean it brought me a long flatrusty item resting across her palms whatis this I said doesn’t everyone keep aworld war one bayonet in their pantry?about...]]>
PARADOX http://illinoistimes.com/article-14901-paradox.html PARADOX
 PARADOXBy Vera Wardner DouganHolidays are portrayed as times of rejoicing but as we all come to knowthey are often fraught with grief. It seems appropriate to share this poemat this season. It w...]]>
sleighing poem # 1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14854-sleighing-poem--1.html sleighing poem # 1
as to one horse open sleighs we sibssat in ours sang jingle bells but if wejiggled too hard and fell out it was eitherinto hay on one side or a bin of oats onthe other for it was propped way up inthe ...]]>
winterpoem # 4 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14826-winterpoem--4.html winterpoem # 4
winterpoem # 4on bitter nights when deep drifts blocked our long country lane we  hiked up left the car on the road   snowpants boots our white breath  searing our windpipes we fol...]]>
family poem # 22 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14797-family-poem--22.html family poem # 22
at ten I went with my grandparentsto visit my iowa cousins polly inninth grade took me to her latin classI deciphered the first few exercisesa farmer called agricola later I saidto an older cousin lat...]]>
thanksgiving poem #7 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14765-thanksgiving-poem-7.html thanksgiving poem #7
 thanksgiving poem #7this is your last day faithful underpants your gaping holes can no longer be ignored your elasticis too flabby it’s the ragbag tonight so I willsay to you whatfolks say to...]]>
farm poem # 38 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14735-farm-poem--38.html farm poem # 38
my sister triedrolling downthe ramp of theround barnin a barrelshe regretted it...]]>
poetrywall poem # 1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14704-poetrywall-poem--1.html poetrywall poem # 1
 poetrywall poem # 1My granddaughter, Cressida, wrote this poem on the Poetry Wall of our summer cabin when she was 10. She added a drawing of a cat calmly walking away, a dead bird on the ground...]]>
remembering summer #5 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14674-remembering-summer-5.html remembering summer #5
50 degrees when I swimthis early sunny augustmorn a stiff north windbut these choppy wavesare the same temperatureas yesterday and last week while I dry off on the hillI am gladdened to seebefore...]]>
flu shot poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14636-flu-shot-poem-1.html flu shot poem #1
 flu shot poem #1this is flu shot season my friend annette writes she can’t take one on account of raw egg allergy she  adds, “I’ll always remember my grandmother’s recollections of...]]>
retiree’s lament poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14622-retiree%25E2%2580%2599s-lament-poem-1.html retiree’s lament poem #1
the State has stole our pensionsthe State has stole our pensionsthe State has stole our pensionssing loo-di-doo-di-doothat big ole bag of moneywe gave our savings tothe State just took and stole itsin...]]>
vermontpoem #41 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14594-vermontpoem-41.html vermontpoem #41
 vermontpoem #41 this morning the lake is still no ripples mar the surface not even my own as I swim no little swallows (black tops white bellies) dip and wheel to catch their insect breakfast th...]]>
ebola poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14566-ebola-poem-1.html ebola poem #1
the thin child perhaps nineleaning against the slim treeweeping her mother just deadthe mother who helped acollapsed pregnant friend intoa taxi to get her to a hospitalthe trip was in vain the womandi...]]>
springfield 66 poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14535-springfield-66-poem-1.html springfield 66 poem #1
 springfield 66 poem #1 busy time this fri eve in springfield route 66 gala already begun hard to get to the old pharmacy to see tom handy’s photos of palms and their latticed shadows  jim...]]>
midsummer vermont #22 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14509-midsummer-vermont-22.html midsummer vermont #22
today’s excitement –very early morningerratic drummingmore a thuddingslow with pausescould it be? I’d heardthem in the woods butnever seen one yet hereone was – a piliatedwoodpecker on thedead...]]>
suicide poem #6 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14467-suicide-poem-6.html suicide poem #6
 suicide poem #6  royce by pulling that trigger you’ve spared yourself my grandkids’ growing up their school and sports successes their loves and losses and given them instead a burden t...]]>
dairystate poem #2 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14445-dairystate-poem-2.html dairystate poem #2
our area of wisconsin has lovelylively names afton avalon tiffanycarvers rock beckmans mill dariendelavan elkhorn hog hollow I wentwith my grandfather to a townshipmeeting of some sort in emerald grov...]]>
grampa poem #3 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14417-grampa-poem-3.html grampa poem #3
 grampa poem #3in a letter to his second son my grampa writes, “If I try to tell you what you like and what you dislike I may play the role of the shoemaker who was fitting a pair of shoes to a...]]>
laborday poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14389-laborday-poem-1.html laborday poem #1
a 1952 news item just found:“Dairy Workers to 5-DayWeek” – ten years beforethis clipping I heard mygrandfather say “We can’tgo to a six-day week untilwe breed a six-day cow.”...]]>
norwaypoem #2 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14356-norwaypoem-2.html norwaypoem #2
 norwaypoem #2I am in norway how refreshing to be in a spot where everyone speaks a tongue that is not mine norwegian is a musical language light its phrases end in upbeats reflecting the country...]]>
norway poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14320-norway-poem-1.html norway poem #1
we climbed a stony path to our snugcottage my granddaughter and meI walked with decorated polestheir tips blunted our hosts’ cottagewas below they raised their shadesto show us they were up we raise...]]>
vermontpoem #38 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14290-vermontpoem-38.html vermontpoem #38
 vermontpoem #38first night here 2:30 a.m. terrible crying strange not an owl could it be a dog trapped somewhere in the woods no not a dog it’s like nothing I’ve ever heard but what to do I...]]>
vermontpoem #37 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14266-vermontpoem-37.html vermontpoem #37
a tiny lavender blossomfive petals fringed leafon the path to the shorea moment of happiness...]]>
specificity poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14229-specificity-poem-1.html specificity poem #1
 specificity poem #1 grandchild cressie not yet 3 busy with pencil and paper – her mom heard her say “grass”– thought this worth a look since pictures so far were circles and scribbles no...]]>
vermontpoem #36 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14201-vermontpoem-36.html vermontpoem #36
I weep a littlethis first night heregiving this place upwhere I’ve been comingsummers for sixty yearsthe colorful poetry wallin the bathroom blaketolkien le guin tennysonmy own kids’ writingsthe l...]]>
phish poem #1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14174-phish-poem-1.html phish poem #1
 phish poem #1well odd things happen I am at a phish concert in saratoga springs not exactly atmore beside in my car but I can hear the throbbing drums sometimes a wail of a vocalist the crowd’...]]>
on remembering poem #7 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14147-on-remembering-poem-7.html on remembering poem #7
 on remembering poem #7daddy bathed us a row of four in the tuba gentle word bathe but with daddy it was four left legs aloft scrubbed down with a soapy cloth four left arms stuck out ditto all t...]]>