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The Ball Poem by John Berryman

What is the boy now, who has lost his ball. What, what is he to do? I saw it go Merrily bouncing, down the street, and then Merrily over—there it is in the water! No use to say ‘O there … Continue reading

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Cat’s in the Cradle by Sandra Chapin

Music and performance by Harry Chapin (1942-1981) My child arrived just the other day He came to the world in the usual way But there were planes to catch and bills to pay He learned to walk while I was … Continue reading

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At Seventeen by Janis Ian

I learned the truth at seventeen That love was meant for beauty queens and high school girls with clear skinned smiles who married young and then retired The valentines I never knew The Friday night charades of youth were spent … Continue reading

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Full Moon and Little Frieda by Ted Hughes

A cool small evening shrunk to a dog bark and the clank of a bucket – And you listening. A spider’s web, tense for the dew’s touch. A pail lifted, still and brimming – mirror To tempt a first star … Continue reading

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