“Fire and Ice” – Robert Frost’s 1920 Poem on How the World will End

"Poetic Wednesday" When I was in college, in the old days, scientists agreed that the earth was threatened by global cooling. Because of pollution, warming solar radiation was being reflected into space, and the world was cooling.  Our planet would end in a fatal ice age. Now, scientists concur that the earth is threatened by … Continue reading “Fire and Ice” – Robert Frost’s 1920 Poem on How the World will End

“Zode in the Road” – A Fun Poem About “Dithering”

"Poetic Wednesday" This is one of my all-time favorite poems. I have often used it in lots of talks and lessons.   “Zode” is a fun poem with a profound message. “Zode” is about indecision, dithering, and the fear of taking a chance. This poem contrasts with Robert Frost’s famous poem about coming to a … Continue reading “Zode in the Road” – A Fun Poem About “Dithering”

“Prayer of the Selfish Child” – Shel Silverstein

"Favorite Poems" Silverstein's Cartoon I love poetry. Sheldon “Shel” Silverstein (1930-1999) is famous for his cartoons, novelty songs, children’s books, and poetry.  Millions of his books have been published, and he has received many prestigious awards. I own several of his books of poetry. Some of his witty children’s poems are very profound. Prayer of … Continue reading “Prayer of the Selfish Child” – Shel Silverstein

“Rainbow Bridge” – A Famous Poem about the Niagara Gorge Cable and our Connection with God

                               "Poetic Wednesday"   RAINBOW BRIDGE The builder who first bridged Niagara's gorge,Before he swung his cable, shore to shore,Sent out across the gulf his venturing kiteBearing a slender cord for unseen handsTo grasp upon the further cliff and drawA greater cord, and then a greater yet;Till at last across the chasm swungThe cable--then the … Continue reading “Rainbow Bridge” – A Famous Poem about the Niagara Gorge Cable and our Connection with God

“The Creation: A Negro Sermon”

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was an African American writer, poet, and civil rights activist. He was a leader of the NAACP, and the first African American professor at New York University where he taught creative literature and writing.  President Theodore Roosevelt appointed him as U.S. Consul in Venezuela and Nicaragua. (As with most of my … Continue reading “The Creation: A Negro Sermon”