Thoughtful Thursday Poetry Corner

Enjoy these poems selected, and in some cases written, with our loved ones on the Otherside  deeply in mind and heart.

These poems are discussed and reflected upon each Thursday at/2 no/on ET as part of our Downeast 12-Step Bereavement Support Group (ZOOM Meeting).  All are welcome.

We look forward to meeting you there.

7/18/2024: Red-Shouldered Hawk by Ciona Rouse

6/6/2024: Morning Chill by Paul Weiss

5/30/2024: Lullaby for the Grieving by Ashley M. Jones

5/23/2024: Ghazal 328 — Prayer of Love and Death by Hafiz, translated by A.Z. Foreman

5/16/2024: One Hundred Love Sonnets — XVII by Pablo Neruda, Translated by Mark Eisner

5/9/2024: Endling by Maria Popova

5/2/2024: The Dash by Linda Ellis

4/25/2024: Lost by David Wagoner

4/18/2024: Invisible Work by Kwoya Fagin Maples

4/11/2024: I Am Your Vessel by Amy Oestreicher

4/4/2024: Sabbaths~ 2020 ~ X by Wendell Berry


3/28/2024: Somehow by Dorothy Chan

3/21/2024:  Pushing Through by Rainer Maria Rilke

3/14/2024: This Too Shall Pass by Kim Addonizio


3/7/2024: The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski


2/29/2024: Dustin by Lisa Ann Reilich


2/22/2024: Why Am I So Blessed? by Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks


2/15/2024: Start Close In by David Whyte


2/8/2024: Outnumbered by Dermot Kennedy


2/1/2024: Starlings in Winter by Mary Oliver


11/2/2023: Come Sit and Rest by Lisa Ann Reilich


Yellow wooden bench seat against red barn wall with white and pink wildflowers

9/14/2023: Sabbaths — VI — 1998 by Wendell Berry


view through barn door and gate of field of yellow golden rod and pink Himalayan balsam with forest beyond

8/31/2023: Messenger by Mary Oliver


orange mushrooms amidst greenery

8/24/2023: Hymns to What is Left by Greg Brown


Granite rock, sky with sun and overhanging tree

8/17/2023: I Am Stretched on Your Grave, translation by Frank O’Connor


8/10/2023: Let Us Pray for Darkness O Sparkling Stars by Thich Naht Hanh


Field of daisies with trees in background.

7/27/2023: Sometimes by Mary Oliver


Sea Harbor with granite rocks in foreground and evergreen trees and horizon in background with fog entering the harbor.

7/20/2023: Where Everything Is Music by Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks


mushrooms on a forest wood chip path foreground with blue hammock and ocean in background

7/13/2023: The Work of Happiness by May Sarton


Large Maple Tree tree against background of sky with green leaves and many branches.

7/6/2023: Storm Damage by Lisa Ann Reilich


snail traveling on a seed head of grass with gravel road and tree in background

6/29/2023: Welcome Morning by Anne Sexton


6/22/2023: My Heart by Corrina Luyken


image of white moth holding on to a flowering stem of grass with a background of grass field

6/15/2023: Be Still (A Prayer to the Self) by AdiKanda


close up of purple Columbine flower amidst green leaves with background of blue sky

6/8/2023: i thank You God for most this amazing day by E.E. Cummings



Photo of the plant Solomon's seal in full bloom

6/1/2023: Breathing Underwater by Sr. Carol Bialock, RSCJ


A Teenage Girl sits with life-size teddy bear in coral pink formal dress on a bench looking out to sea at Moo's Corner

5/25/2023: HomeGoods by Janice Lobo Sapigao

two red tulips and two yellow daffodils on lightly wooded hill overlooking Dyer Harbor

5/18/2023: Gavin’s Song by Marc Broussard

red tulip beginning to open in Spring with purple crocuses in the back ground in the margin of a wooded area

5/11/2023: Learning to grieve by Ron Beard

4/13/2023: The Window by Rumi

4/6/2023: On Death, Grief and Life’s Deepest Meaning by Elizabeth Gray Vining

3/30/2023: Everything Falls Away by Parker J. Palmer

3/23/2023: Spring Drumming Again by Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks

3/16/2023: Gather Up by Athey Thompson

3/9/2023: I Will Not Work Today  by Tom Howard

3/2/2023: Joy in the Morning  by Tauren Wells

wind chime fairy against sky with tree branches in winter

2/23/2023: Stirring Sleeping Beauty (An Incantation) by Lisa Reilich

 2/16/2023: Just Like That by Bonnie Raitt

2/9/2023: Train Ride by Ruth Stone

2/2/2023: Shadow and Light Source Both by Rumi, translation by Coleman Barks

1/26/2023: Praise Song  by Hafizah Augustus Geter

1/19/2023: Life is Like Stepping Onto a Boat by Shunryu Suzuki Rossi

1/12/2023: Letters to a Young Poet (poetic excerpt) by Rainer Maria Rilke

1/5/2023: I Worried by Mary Oliver

12/29/2022: The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown  by Mac Barnett (poetic excerpt)

12/22/2022: In the Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rossetti

12/15/2022: How Many Nights by Galway Kinnell

12/8/2022: And, She Said by Athey Thompson

12/1/2022: Belonging by Rosemary Wahtola Trommer

11/24/2022: Coda by Jason Shinder

11/17/2022: Song of No Coming, No Going by Thich Naht Hanh

 11/10/2022: Mysteries, Yes by Mary Oliver

11/3/2022: A Blessing for Absence by John O’Donohue

10/20/2022: Fall Song by Joy Harjo

10/13/2022: Zen poem translated by Sr. Dang Nghiem

10/5/2022: The World I Live In by Mary Oliver

6/16/2022: Downeast Sunrise Trail by Kristen Spreanza

6/9/2022: When I Am Among the Trees by Mary Oliver

6/2/2022: The Rest House by Brandon Shimoda

5/26/2022: For Grief  by John O’Donohue

5/19/2022: Stages by Herman Hesse

5/12/2022: Ocean by Native

5/5/2022: The Cloud by Thich Naht Hanh

4/28/2022: from Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

4/21/2022: Haunted Houses by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

4/14/2022: Gone from My Sight by Rev. Luther F. Beecher

4/7/2022: Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye

3/31/2022: from New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton

3/24/2022: Beannacht by John O’Donohue

3/10/2022: Don’t Go Back to Sleep by Rumi

3/3/2022:  How to Grieve on Tuesdays with Flare by Lisa Reilich