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For the Sake of Strangers

By Dorianne Laux Laux
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The kindness of others can save us.

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Rock Me, Mercy

Komunyakaa wrote this poem the day after the Sandy Hook tragedy as a way of offering healing and compassion.

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"The Sun Never Says"

This Hafiz-inspired poem by Daniel Ladinsky shows the nature of unconditional love and that selfless quality of really being able to love someone well.

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Rest

Sometimes we glimpse that everything's okay just as it is. Everything's fine.

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After the Guest

This poem is a lovely portrayal of the slow process of healing after the death of a loved one--"it's no hungry ghost but simple cold."

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Choices

When we stop plunging ahead in our activities long enough to just look, we become gentle.

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Often I Imagine the Earth

We are all connected, we are all helping each "fly home."

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After the Funeral

Bly describes a process of grieving encapsulated in poignant dreams.

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The Norwegian Grandson

A lyrical tableau of encapsulations of grief.

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Jerez at Easter

Robert Bly uses comparison to discuss the duality of life, including life and death.

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Song of Myself, 51

This poem about discovery, change, and transformation contains Whitman's arguably most famous lines: “Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself, / (I am large, I contain multitudes.)”

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Grief