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Poetry in Time of Crisis : Home

Take a trip into familiar and unfamiliar lands of poetry. Read a few to distract, to inspire or download an e-book of poetry and prose.

Dive into Poetry

Poetry can help heal a broken heart, calm an anxious moment, ignite a dormant wish or quell a rising fear.

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Otherwise

I got out of bed
on two strong legs.Morning Sun by Edward Hopper
It might have been
otherwise. I ate
cereal, sweet
milk, ripe, flawless
peach. It might
have been otherwise.
I took the dog uphill
to the birch wood.
All morning I did
the work I love.

At noon I lay down
with my mate. It might
have been otherwise.
We ate dinner together
at a table with silver
candlesticks. It might
have been otherwise.
I slept in a bed
in a room with paintings
on the walls, and
planned another day
just like this day.
But one day, I know,
it will be otherwise.

                    Jane Kenyon

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