The dance

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 05/19/2018

Caedmon is the first English poet that we know by name. He lived in the seventh century and worked in a monastery as caretaker of animals. He could not read or write, and because he did not…

Like the Lily

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 05/12/2018

I woke up this morning after a night of rain, which began pouring towards midnight and ended before the first appearance of light, by which time my sleep, fed by the patter of raindrops, had gone into…

The limits of love

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 05/05/2018

After the wife parked the car, and while she cooled the engine down, I stepped out. We had travelled far and needed to go to a restroom, and such was the urgency that there was no time…

The branch will not break

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 04/28/2018

James Wright’s poem, Two Hangovers, has two parts. The second part bears the title, I Try to Waken and Greet the World Once Again, and goes as follows: In a pine tree, A few yards away from…

William Blake and the Good Shepherd

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 04/21/2018

In 1789, William Blake came out with “Songs of Innocence,” a collection of 19 poems, to which, five years later, he added a new set of poems and called the expanded collection, “Songs of Innocence and of…

The rainbow connection

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 04/14/2018

You can call me a “fish” man. As children, my brother and sisters and I had fish for our meals almost everyday. Our town lies on the coast of a strait that teems with a species of…

Doubt

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 04/07/2018

I had a colleague (now deceased, God rest his soul), who questioned almost everything anyone said. Each time we were together, I would shun any discussion with him, especially on politics or ideology. At one time, my…

A sestina for Easter Sunday

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 03/31/2018

How completely confused is history. To me it seems to keep clear of the answers, Always like leaves blown away by the questions Until they stop before the utmost riddle, That baffling labyrinth, the whorl of time,…

The morning glory

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 03/17/2018

I just received a call from an online shopping company. I was told that they would be delivering my order, and that I should be ready with the payment. They asked for directions, and I gave them…

Snakes and ladders

Simeon Dumdum Jr. 03/10/2018

When I heard the commotion, I rushed to the small kitchen at the back of the house. The helper was shouting at her husband, our gardener, who held an aluminum ladder in the air and with its…

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