Poetry Beyond All Praise – No. 15

Antique Typewriter Qwerty IXa celebration of great poets during april’s national poetry month





By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
    Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
    But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
    Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
    But shrink from voicing care.
Rejoice, and men will seek you;
    Grieve, and they turn and go;
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
    But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
    Be sad, and you lose them all,—
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
    But alone you must drink life’s gall.
Feast, and your halls are crowded;
    Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
    But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
    For a large and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
    Through the narrow aisles of pain.


See full list of poems on My Favorite Poets


Close up on old book on colorful bokeh backgrounda bent
puzzle piece
no longer
a perfect fit

a passionate
lonely heart
a heart to love

a contemplative
the hours shy
a curious dreamer

a quiet eavesdropper
the wrong place
the wrong time
a shade lost

a frolicking set of wings
thoughts to words
patterns and rhymes
a bound swallowtail

a soul
by grace
a practitioner of peace


Jennifer A. Fifield

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maya angelou

butterfly bing imageswords of friendship,
of love, of harmony
words of heartache,
of injustice, of humanity

maya angelou, she
healed the universe
soothing our souls
with ever engaging verse

exquisite lines call
for peace, as a dove
drawings of troubled times
asking always, of great love

a sharing of thoughts
her beautiful phrases
throughout the seasons
her life’s many phases


Jennifer A. Fifield

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