Poems are like honey to a glass of warm cinnamonny milk – something like magic. Words flowing in imperfectly perfect lines, that may or may not rhyme, in such a transcendental fashion, that you eventually find yourself in the middle of a dream that feels realer than anything. That’s why, every Sunday, we’ll publish a soulful poem, rather old than new, to give you that touch of ethereal we only find on a Sunday afternoon.
This week’s Sunday Poem is “In Summer Time”, by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 - 1906), one of the first African American poets who became known on a national level with his writings. “In Summer Time” beautifully depicts the slow nature of the summer days, in a very descriptive and contemplative manner, transcending the reader to a state of enjoyment and peacefulness.
The verses of the poem “The Happiness of Home” sprinkled a welcoming feeling of bliss and consolation, a sense of protection that you often find in the heart of a home, despite everything that might cause disruption in the outer world.
“As once the winged energy of delight”, by one of the greatest German poets of his time, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), explores some great ideas that I invite you to ponder upon, like embracing the energy and delight of living beyond fear, or the challenge of trusting our instincts and power to accomplish great things in the face of the unknown.
In this Sunday Poem second edition, we’re celebrating a great Romanian poet, Vasile Alecsandri (1821 - 1890), well-known for being a pioneer in writing pastels. A pastel, from a literary point of view, is a lyrical poem, that describes scenery from nature, landscapes or natural phenomena.
Today’s choice is Maya Angelou’s “A Brave and Startling Truth”. This poem was composed by Maya Angelou especially for the United Nation’s 50th Anniversary back in 1995. It speaks about our journey in this universe, where we’re “traveling through casual space”, our journey in our global space and history, but also about our journey towards what’s ahead of us.