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POEM OF THE DAY
A Sketch
Born in the garret, in the kitchen bred,
Promoted thence to deck her mistress' head;
Next for some gracious service unexpress'd,
And from its wages only to be guess'd­
Raised from the toilette to the table,­ where
Her wondering betters wait behind her chair.
With eye unmoved, and forehead unabash'd,
She dines from off the plate she lately wash'd.
Quick with the tale, and ready with the lie,
The genial confidante, and general spy,
Who could, ye gods! her next employ­ment guess--
An only infants earliest governess!
She taught the child to read, and taught so well,
That she herself, by teaching, learn'd to spell.
An adept next in penmanship she grows;
As many a nameless slander deftly shows.
What she had made the pupil of her art,
None know--but that high Soul secured the heart,
And panted for the truth it could not hear,
With longing breast and undeluded ear.
Foil'd was perversion by that youthful mind,
Which Flattery fool'd not, Baseness could not blind,
Deceit infect not, near Contagion soil,
Indulgence weaken, nor Example spoil,
Nor master'd Science tempt her to look down
On humbler talents with a pitying frown,
Nor Genius swell, nor Beauty render vain,
Nor Envy ruffle o retaliate pain,
Nor Fortune change, Pride raise, nor Passion bow,
Nor virtue teach austerity-till now.

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POEM OF THE DAY - MODERN POEM
Homecoming
All day, day after day, they’re bringing them home,
they’re picking them up, those they can find, and bringing them home,
they’re bringing them in, piled on the hulls of Grants, in trucks, in convoys,
they’re zipping them up in green plastic bags,
they’re tagging them now in Saigon, in the mortuary coolness
they’re giving them names, they’re rolling them out of
the deep-freeze lockers — on the tarmac at Tan Son Nhut
the noble jets are whining like hounds,
they are bringing them home
– curly heads, kinky-hairs, crew-cuts, balding non-coms

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POEM OF THE DAY - MEMBER POEM
A Spirit's Curiousity
A spirit wanders the lands
It looks for those who can see
Are there any who can see it
Are there any who hear it
It wishes to be spoken with
Can you feel its energy near
Can you hear its voice
It only wishes for company
It only wants to communicate
Can you feel its cold chill as it comes ever closer

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Top 500 Poems
1.
Maya Angelou
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
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2.
Maya Angelou
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.
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3.
Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
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4.
Pablo Neruda
I want you to know
one thing.

You know how this is:
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5.
Langston Hughes
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
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6.
Edgar Allan Poe
It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
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7.
Maya Angelou
The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
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8.
Pablo Neruda
I do not love you except because I love you;
I go from loving to not loving you,
From waiting to not waiting for you
My heart moves from cold to fire.
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Top 500 Member Poems
1.
Sir Thomas Browne
If thou could'st empty all thyself of self,
Like to a shell dishabited,
Then might He find thee on the ocean shelf,
And say, 'This is not dead',
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2.
Bob Gotti
It is The Lord, not you or me, Who is in control of our destiny,
Man may think he’s in control, but it’s still God Who’s over all;
God alone set all things in place, and we’re here by His Grace,
And in control of everything, is Jesus Christ, The Eternal King.
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3.
Bob Gotti
If you choose to separate yourself, from God’s Truth of much wealth,
You my friend shall be cut off from, God’s Truths of what is to come;
When you ignore God’s Revelation, you put in danger, your Salvation,
Ignoring The Truths of Jesus Christ, you’ll be cut off from Eternal Life.
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4.
Bob Gotti
God’s Truth echoes deep inside, from the Word that we hide,
Deep inside the believer’s heart, from Truth God does impart;
God’s Word hidden deep within, helps us in this world of sin,
From the evils of sin’s temptation, to living out our Salvation.
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5.
Bob Gotti
Oh, that more would know, The Lord above, who loves them so,
Who gave His life, upon a cross, to save men from eternal loss.
That they too, would understand, Christ reigns above every land,
And though He reigns in power above, He truly is a God of love.
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6.
Bob Gotti
Friend, are you filled with a zeal, which from The Lord is truly real?
From God’s Spirit up above, which fills your witness with His love.
Do you stand firm on The Truth, when facing reproach or reproof?
To let men see your power within, is not your own but is from Him.
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7.
Bob Gotti
The Lord Jesus is over everything, as The Sovereign and Eternal King,
He is Creator and Sustainer of all, that moves upon this terrestrial ball.
And all around it He has dispersed, His Light throughout this universe,
The many lights displaying His Majesty, this as far as any eye can see,
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8.
Bob Gotti
They have the ears to listen, but have not a heart to hear,
The many words of wisdom, that comes from Godly fear.
They have the eyes to see, but they just cannot perceive,
That from the God of eternity, His Son they must receive.
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Top 500 Classical Poems
1.
Jacques Prevert
Rappelle-toi Barbara
Il pleuvait sans cesse sur Brest ce jour-là
Et tu marchais souriante
Épanouie ravie ruisselante
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2.
Richard Lovelace
TO AMARANTHA; THAT SHE WOULD DISHEVELL HER HAIRE.

I.
Amarantha sweet and faire,
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3.
Evie Shockley
you put this pen
in my hand and you
take the pen from you put this pen
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4.
Barbara Guest
On this dry prepared path walk heavy feet.
This is not "dinner music." This is a power structure.
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5.
Richard Lovelace
"Come, pretty birds, present your lays,
And learn to chaunt a goddess praise;
Ye wood-nymphs, let your voices be
Employ'd to serve her deity:
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6.
Robert William Service
If you had the choice of two women to wed,
(Though of course the idea is quite absurd)
And the first from her heels to her dainty head
Was charming in every sense of the word:
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7.
Emily Jane Brontë
A little while, a little while,
The weary task is put away,
And I can sing and I can smile,
Alike, while I have holiday.
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8.
Banjo Paterson
Long ago the Gladiators,
When the call to combat came,
Marching past the massed spectators,
Hailed the Emp'ror with acclaim!
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