Tarnished Gold

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor

“Don’t gain the world and lose your soul; wisdom is better than silver and gold.”
– Bob Marley

“A golden statue of a wicked man, is worth less than a mud statue of a man with a heart of gold.” – Mehmet Murat ildan

“True gold fears no fire.”
– Chinese Proverb

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Nothing Has Changed

I first posted this poem here at Flowers for Socrates in 2015.

Cataracts of blood have been spilled since then, and still, nothing has changed.

Move on, nothing to see here – just another mass murder in America.

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TCS: The Door to the Future – A Week of Poets

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“The future belongs to those who believe
in the beauty of their dreams.”

— Eleanor Roosevelt

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Why Doesn’t the Sun Bleed

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor

Even the Sun directs our gaze away from
itself and to the life illumined by it.
─ Eberhard Arnold

The Sun himself is weak when he first rises and
gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.
─ Charles Dickens

The day of the Sun is like the day of a king.
It is a promenade in the morning,
a sitting on the throne at noon,
a pageant in the evening.
  ─ Wallace Stevens

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A Poem for the Birthday of Lars Gustafsson

Lars Gustafsson(1936 –2016) was born in Västerås, Sweden on May 17. A Swedish poet, novelist, and scholar, he published his first novel in 1959, and his first poetry collection the following year. Some of his poetry collections have been published in the U.S, including: The Stillness of the World Before Bach (New Directions, 1988), Elegies and Other Poems (New Directions, 2000), and A Time in Xanadu (Copper Canyon Press, 2008). Gustafsson was a professor at the University of Texas at Austin from 1983 until 2006, when he retired and returned to Sweden.

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TCS: Adrienne Rich and the Meaning of We

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It was an old theme even for me:
Language cannot do everything –

– Adrienne Rich

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After the Rain

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
– Vivian Greene

“I have always considered the rain to be healing – a blanket – the comfort of a friend.”
– Douglas Coupland

“Give thanks for the rain in your life which waters the flowers of your soul.”
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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TCS: Even Gardens, It Seems, Can Set Off Explosions

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In politics, arts
no issue’s dramatic
nor will ‘play’ till its heart’s
simplified to fanatic.

– Mona Van Duyn

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Swans On Gentle Waterways

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor

“A swan looking at the world from a misty calm lake is like a creature looking at the world from space! All he sees is a large herd of people governed by the most stupid and most inadequate people.”

– Mehmet Murat Ildan, contemporary Turkish playwright, novelist and thinker

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TCS: Guerrilla Gardening – Making Sense in a Senseless World

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In the world at large, people are rewarded or punished
in ways that are often utterly random. In the garden,
cause and effect, labor and reward, are re-coupled.

Gardening makes sense in a senseless world.
By extension, then, the more gardens in the world,
the more justice, the more sense is created.

– Andrew Weil

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