ON THIS DAY: July 28, 2020

July 28th is

Buffalo Soldiers Day *

Waterpark Day

Milk Chocolate Day

World Hepatitis Day *


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ON THIS DAY: July 27, 2020

July 27th is

Bagpipe Appreciation Day

Barbie-in-a-Blender Day

Crème Brulee Day

Helen Keller Day

Scotch Whisky Day

Walk on Stilts Day


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TCS: Van Gogh – A Great Fire Burns Within Me

..Good Morning!



Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers
on Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum,
so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole in
your brainpan, feel free to add a comment.


“ . . . I have nature and art and poetry, and
if that is not enough, what is enough?”

– Vincent van Gogh

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ON THIS DAY: July 26, 2020

July 26 is

Americans With Disabilities Day *

Bagelfest Day

Esperanto Day *

One Voice Day *

All or Nothing Day

Aunt and Uncle Day

Coffee Milkshake Day


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A Poem for Merry-Go-Round Day

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was born in Joplin Missouri. American poet-author-playwright, social activist, novelist, and columnist. After working his way to Europe as a ship’s crewman, he spent time in Paris, and London, then returned to the states, spending time in Washington DC, where he met Vachel Lindsay, who helped him gain recognition. He became one of the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City.


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ON THIS DAY: July 25, 2020

July 25 is

Culinarians Day *

Red Shoe Day *

Hire a Veteran Day *

Hot Fudge Sundae Day

Merry-Go-Round Day

Thread the Needle Day


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ON THIS DAY: July 24, 2020

July 24 is

Cousins Day

Drive-Thru Day

Tell an Old Joke Day

National Tequila Day

Thermal Engineer Day *


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Poetry covers everything. If it ever was, or somebody dreamed it happened, or if somebody felt it happen, then there’s a poem about somewhere.

But in these hard times, I’ve been searching for the answers to the questions in this poem:

For the Consideration of Poets

by Haki R. Madhubuti

where is the poetry of resistance, the poetry of honorable defiance
unafraid of lies from career politicians and business men,
not respectful of journalist who write
official speak void of educated thought
without double search or sub surface questions
that war talk demands?
where is the poetry of doubt and suspicion
not in the service of the state, bishops and priests,
not in the service of beautiful people and late night promises,
not in the service of influence, incompetence and academic clown talk?

“For the Consideration of Poets” from Run Toward Fear © 2004 by Haki R. Madhubuti – Third World Press

I’ve found the location of some of the poetry of resistance that Haki Madhubuti has been looking for.

Harlem. New York City.

Not the Harlem of the Harlem Renaissance, but today’s Harlem of #BlackLivesMatter, protests against out-of-control police, the Covid-19 pandemic, and #MeToo.


“I started this poem at the beginning of the pandemic. I am part of an incredible women’s writing group led by the incomparable Cheryl Boyce Taylor and she had tasked us to write through the uncertainty. I could not help but make the correlation between the inability to take in breath—a symptom of COVID-19 and the loss of breath at the hands of the police—a reality of being Black in America. This was before we knew that this virus would take us in such higher numbers compared to white folks. This was before George Floyd and all that has happened and continues to happen and will continue to happen as we try to get free.” — Yesenia Montilla

a brief meditation on breath

by Yesenia Montilla

i have diver’s lungs from holding my
breath for so long. i promise you
i am not trying to break a record
sometimes i just forget to
exhale. my shoulders held tightly
near my neck, i am a ball of tense
living, a tumbleweed with steel-toed
boots. i can’t remember the last time
i felt light as dandelion. i can’t remember
the last time i took the sweetness in
& my diaphragm expanded into song.
they tell me breathing is everything,
meaning if i breathe right i can live to be
ancient. i’ll grow a soft furry tail or be
telekinetic something powerful enough
to heal the world. i swear i thought
the last time i’d think of death with breath
was that balmy day in july when the cops
became a raging fire & sucked the breath
out of Garner; but yesterday i walked
38 blocks to my father’s house with a mask
over my nose & mouth, the sweat dripping
off my chin only to get caught in fabric & pool up
like rain. & i inhaled small spurts of me, little
particles of my dna. i took into body my own self
& thought i’d die from so much exposure
to my own bereavement—they’re saying
this virus takes your breath away, not
like a mother’s love or like a good kiss
from your lover’s soft mouth but like the police
it can kill you fast or slow; dealer’s choice.
a pallbearer carrying your body without a casket.
they say it’s so contagious it could be quite
breathtaking. so persistent it might as well
be breathing                        down your neck—

“a brief meditation on breath” © 2020 by Yesenia Montilla — originally published in Poem-a-Day on July 21, 2020 by the Academy of American Poets


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ON THIS DAY: July 23, 2020

July 23rd is

Gorgeous Grandma Day *

Hot Enough for Ya Day

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

International Yada, Yada, Yada Day


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ON THIS DAY: July 22, 2020

July 22nd is

Casual Pi Day/22-7

Lion’s Share Day

Hammock Day

Penuche Fudge Day

Spoonerism Day *

Summer Leisure Day


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