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About jmgale

I try very hard and am sometimes right.

A Bird in the House by Elizabeth Jennings

A Bird in the House It was a yellow voice, a high, shrill treble in the nursery White always and high, I remember it so, White cupboard, off-white table, mugs, dolls’ faces And I was four or five. The garden … Continue reading

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act II, Scene I. Over hill, over dale. By William Shakespeare

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act II, Scene I   Over hill, over dale, Thorough bush, thorough brier, Over park, over pale, Thorough flood, thorough fire, I do wander every where, Swifter than the moon’s sphere; And I serve … Continue reading

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The Fallen Elm by John Clare

The Fallen Elm Old elm that murmured in our chimney top The sweetest anthem autumn ever made And into mellow whispering calms would drop When showers fell on thy many coloured shade And when dark tempests mimic thunder made – … Continue reading

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Finale by Pablo Neruda

  Finale   Matilde, years or days sleeping, feverish, here or there, gazing off, twisting my spine, bleeding true blood, perhaps I awaken or am lost, sleeping: hospital beds, foreign windows, white uniforms of the silent walkers, the clumsiness of … Continue reading

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Don’t Leave the Room by Iosif Brodsky

Don’t leave the room Don’t leave the room, don’t make the mistake. Why do you need the sun, if you are smoking a cigarette. Outside, all is meaningless, especially the exclamation of happiness To the lavatory and come return straight … Continue reading

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Generation to Generation by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Generation to Generation In a house which becomes a home, one hands down and another takes up the heritage of mind and heart, laughter and tears, musings and deeds. Love, like a carefully loaded ship, crosses the gulf between the … Continue reading

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The Woman and the Flame by Aimé Césaire

The Woman and the Flame A bit of light that descends the springhead of a gaze twin shadow of the eyelash and the rainbow on a face and round about who goes there angelically ambling Woman the current weather the … Continue reading

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