In Theodore Roethke’s “Night Journey,” a speaker shares the experience of traveling by train at night, observing and admiring nature.
William Shakespeare’s poem “Friends and Flatterers” shows “certain signs” to differentiate a genuine friend from a fair-weather friend.
Chitra Padmanabhan’s poem “Flower on the Road” is about two flowers talking with one another on the road during springtime.
Sherman Alexie’s “Evolution” is about a venture capitalist, Buffalo Bill, who opens a pawnshop in an Indian reservation near a liquor store.
Shu Ting’s “Assembly Line” is about the death of creativity and individual identity, explored through the extended metaphor of an assembly line production in a factory.
Robert Browning’s “Love in a Life” deals with the turmoil of a heart-broken, desperate lover trying to “hunt” his beloved all over his house.
Emily Dickinson’s “To fight aloud, is very brave –” is about the individual struggles and hardships that people often have to deal with in life.
Thomas Hood’s “Gold!” describes the power that gold holds over humanity and both the positive and negative impact of gold on humans.
Carole Satyamurti’s poem “I Shall Paint My Nails Red” is about the desire of a woman to paint her nails in a bold red color and thus assert her identity as a woman.
In the poem “Fear,” Khalil Gibran shares his profound wisdom about overcoming fear through the metaphors of a river and the vast ocean.