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Shoveling Snow with Buddha

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In this poem Buddha sets a good example by simply focusing on his work while the narrator gets too wrapped up in analysis.

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What Issa Heard

We will always have sorrow, but we will always have beauty as well.

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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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"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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Twenty-One Love Poems [Poem III]

Rich's “Twenty-One Love Poems,” written between 1974 and 1976, is a moving account of the ups and downs of a romantic relationship.

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Listen to the Mustn'ts

A wonderful reminder from Shel Silverstein to never let others limit your potential.

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Psalm 91

A reminder that God offers shelter, protection, and solace to those who follow him.

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A Great Wagon

In this well-known poem, Rumi describes how we're all connected with one another.

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Mystic

Sylvia Plath questions the direction one should take after one has seen the Divine.

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Prayer

A short poem about prayers that happen when praying seems impossible.

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Parliament

The poet laureate’s poem on pollution and climate change accompanied the launch of the Guardian’s "Keep It in the Ground" campaign.

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