2016 here we come . . .

I don’t read a lot of poetry, but I like poetry for reflection (although I’m not very good at seeing some of the nuances!) New Year’s Day is a good day to reflect upon the past, present and future. A bit cliché perhaps . . . oh, well

Ogden Nash is a favorite poet of mine–I think because I mostly understand him! I read some of his poems to my kids when they were little.

Tonight’s December thirty-first,
Something is about to burst.
The clock is crouching, dark and small,
Like a time bomb in the hall.
Hark, it’s midnight, children dear.
Duck! Here comes another year!
― Ogden Nash, Collected verse from 1929 on


The next poem seems pessimistic. And the beginning is what I think when I try to write anything about the new year!

The Year

What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?

The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.

We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.

We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.

We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead.

We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of the year.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

And then we have the classic writers:

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.

― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…

― Alfred Lord Tennyson

2015 was a good year for me, but for the world as a whole it’s hard not to hope “it will be happier”…

I don’t make resolutions, but I do like to take a look at the last year and the year to come. Over the next few days I will take a look at my blog during 2015 and what I hope to do during 2016.

So . . . I hope it’s a happy year for all of you . . . .

Review: Classic Love Poems by Shakespeare, Browning, Poe, et al.

classic-love-poemsClassic Love Poems
by (see below)
Narrated by Richard Armitage
Series: None
Genre: Poetry
Published by Audible Studios, 2015
Audiobook, free
22 Minutes
Grade: A
Narrator Grade: A
Synopsis: For anyone who’s in love – or hopes to be – what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world’s greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 15 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine’s Day – or any day.

Included in this collection are:
• “How do I love thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
• “Sonnet 116” by William Shakespeare
• “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe
• “To Be One with Each Other” by George Eliot
• “Maud” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
• “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell
• “Bright Star” by John Keats
• “Love’s Philosophy” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
• 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
• “Meeting at Night” by Robert Browning
• “The Dream” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
• “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe
• “I carry your heart” by e. e. cummings
• “She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron
• “Give All to Love” by Ralph Waldo Emersonvalentine-card


  • I admit I don’t read a lot of poetry, but when I saw that Richard Armitage narrated these I had to listen!
  • When I watched North and South which stars Richard Armitage several years ago he became one of my favorite actors!
  • His voice is excellent for these poems.
  • This was a free download from Audible on Valentine’s Day and I listened right away. It’s only 22 minutes, but it is wonderful to hear someone read these so well.
  • I even recited a few lines from “How Do I Love Thee” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning to my husband and wrote them on the card I made for him! He was gobsmacked, I think…LOL


  • None

And a few thoughts . . .

  • So fun to listen to these poems!
  • This Audible edition is free until March 9, 2015

A sample poem

Have you read this book? How did you like it?