19.8.17: Stars to Hold

This is the third post in my ‘Peace Poems’ series; be sure to click through to the Category to see the rest of the posts.

Peace – Sara Teasdale

Peace flows into me
As the tide to the pool by the shore;
It is mine forevermore,
It ebbs not back like the sea.

I am the pool of blue
That worships the vivid sky;
My hopes were heaven-high,
They are all fulfilled in you.

I am the pool of gold
When sunset burns and dies–
You are my deepening skies,
Give me your stars to hold.

Save the Children

You’ve probably heard of Save the Children, but their Syria Crisis Appeal seemed particularly relevant. Over 11 million people have been displaced due to the conflict in Syria – for perspective, that’s the same as the entire population of Greece. And many people are still trapped in besieged areas. The word ‘crisis’ is kind of losing its meaning right now, but this situation is exactly that.

It is not all negative though. Save the Children have people working in Syria to provide food and water, keep schools running, and provide emotional support for traumatised children. They’re working with partners to reach the most vulnerable children and families.

It’s so encouraging to me that people devote so much time and energy to help those who need it so badly. If you’re interested in learning more, or making a donation, the Syria page is here.

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.

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Hold Out Your Arms

I was saddened to hear yesterday about the passing of Helen Dunmore. You’ve probably heard of her: she was an award-winning writer, having authored 10 poetry collections, and 12 novels. She was 64 years old, and had only recently been diagnosed with cancer.

But what really struck me about this news was the release by her family of a poem she’d written in her last days. The poem – entitled ‘Hold Out Your Arms’ – is reproduced in this Guardian article, and I really recommend you check it out – there’s something beautifully innocent about her portrayal of death, and although it is a sober read, it is both chilling and peaceful.

As you push back my hair
– Which could do with a comb
But never mind –
You murmur
‘We’re nearly there.’

Dani

Delirium and Poetry

I recently finished reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver! What really stood out to me was that I LOVED all the poetry referenced throughout, so for all my fellow poetry-lovers, I’ve collected the title, author and my favourite extract of each literary reference. Even if you haven’t read Delirium, I highly recommend checking these out; I think Lauren Oliver has fantastic taste in poetry!

Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare Awkward moment when your first poem isn’t a poem. Shut up. It’s Shakespeare, I couldn’t leave it out.

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.”

Sonnet 18 – William Shakespeare This is the ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?’ one. Over-quoted, but a gorgeous poem all the same.

“So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.”

Sonnet 43 – Elizabeth Barrett Browning Starts ‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.’ You’ve probably heard of it, but read it again because it’s lovely.

“I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight”

i carry your heart with me – E. E. Cummings The lack of capital letters can take a while to get used to, but the WORDS! I love this poem.

“here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart”
I hope you enjoyed these poems!
Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.
~Dani