DEDICATED TO: MY MOTHER, LISA MOYERThis collection of poems is dedicated to my mom,Lisa Moyer, in the hopes that its poems will inspire,be thought provoking, and bring memories.
“NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY”BY ROBERT FROSTNature‟s first green is goldHer hardest hue to hold.Her early leaf‟s a flower;But only so an hour.Then leaf subsides to leaf.So Eden sank to grief,So dawn goes down to day.Nothing gold can stay.
EXPLICATION OF “NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY”This poem was written in 1923 and published in a collection ofpoems titled New Hampshire. This poem uses nature as a metaphorfor the fleeting feeling of life. The poem grabs the readers attentionthrough vivid imagery and rhyming pattern. The poem uses gold assomething of high value, and describes the fleeting nature of such goodthings. This poem gives both feelings of hope but also of bitterness andloss.This poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost is one ofmy favorite poems. This poem evokes vivid imagery, while also havinga morbid and sad tone. The imagery captures the readers attention,and the tone gives the reader a feeling of both hope and depression.The poem gives the idea that nothing brilliant can last, and that themundane and repetitive are the norm. However, I choose this storybecause I am optimistic about this poem, that the truly great parts maynot last forever, but they are there. I chose this poem to inspire mymother to be optimistic in even the darkest times.
“PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE” BY EMILY BRONTETell me, tell me, smiling child,What the past is like to thee?„An Autumn evening soft and mildWith a wind that sighs mournfully.‟Tell me, what is the present hour?„A green and flowery sprayWhere a young bird sits gathering its powerTo mount and fly away.‟And what is the future, happy one?„A sea beneath a cloudless sun;A mighty, glorious, dazzling seaStretching into infinity.‟
EXPLICATION OF “PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE”The poem, “Past, Present, Future” has aninteresting story. The poem centers around the authorasking a child about their interpretations of their world,including the past, present, and what they expect for thefuture. The poems tone is curious and slightly sad buthopeful. The poem uses rhyme to connect ideas andprovide a flow to the words. The author connects wordsthat create a feeling of a sad past to feelings of hope forthe future.I included this poem because of its focus on thefeelings of the past, present, and future. I think its imageryprovides a beautiful picture to an interesting poem. I feltthis poem was important to include because though itdescribes the feelings of a sad past, it brings feelings ofhope for the future.
“WORDS”BY KELVIN HINZThey can send your heart on wingsto soar like an eagle;Or they can rip slivers from itwith sharp nails.They can make your heartdo happy high-jumps;Or they can dig deep-And bury it in the mire.They can bring you to the front of the classto reveal you in all your brilliance;Or they can belittle and degrade-make you face the cornernaked- for all to see.They can captivate youwith their warm magic;Or they can dumbfound youwith a mean careless trick.They can leave you at easewith honesty and solidity,Or they can trouble you with innuendoand elusive riddles.They can awaken your heartwith a gentle kiss;Or they can cool itwith frozen fingers.They can fanthe embers of ability;Or they can douse themwith icy water-stinging cold.So:from parent to child,old to young;sibling to sibling,neighbour to neighbour;friend to friend,one to another.Place your feet in the other‟s shoes,and please choose your words…with care in mind.
EXPLICATION OF “WORDS”The poem “Words”, was published in the collectionof poems by Kelvin Hinz, titled Life, Loss, Truth, &Adventure. The poem tells of the impact that words canhave on others, by using comparing and contrastingtechniques. This poem encourages readers to take carewhen choosing words, and reminds them of the impactwords have.I included this poem because I felt the message tobe truthful. I feel the writer gives an accurate depiction ofhow words can be used to help of hinder ones spirit. I felt itshould be included because it enforces the advice givenby many parents, including my mother, that if you can‟t saysomething nice, don‟t say anything at all. It also remindsreaders to choose their words with care, which I believe isan important lesson. I included this poem because I felt itreinforced the lesson of being mindful of the words youspeak.
“HOW MUCH RESPECT?” BY KELVIN HINZThe way I see itas a wonderous living thing,from the cradle, every baby shouldbe grantedas their birthright; respect- in ahealthy dose.A creation hopefully born of thelove of two,and on „n‟ up they grow.And yes, age does earn youa certain amount moreas through life‟s challenges youmake your wayand hardships you bore.For throughout life,respect is gained or lostdepending on a person‟s merits-made up of one‟s morals, words anddeeds:of cruelty or kindness,rude or dignified,wise or foolish.As for the bullies:bulging muscles, hard head and fists-they do not qualify you.For the use of fear and intimidationshould not be confusedas they cannot gain youa respect that is true.So Beware!In the eyes of othersand in the Big Man‟s upstairs:The thoughts and intentsyou hold in mind and heart;the things you say and do –displaying cruelty or careshall determine how much respectyou will receive,for you must earn the Lion‟s Share.
EXPLICATION OF “HOW MUCH RESPECT?”This poem, “How Much Respect?”, was published inLife, Loss, Truth, & Adventure by Kelvin Hinz. This poemdiscusses the respect given to others. The poem describes therespect that the writer believes to be given at birth and also therespect that is gained and lost over time, depending on deeds.The poem makes the reader think about the importance ofrespecting others, but also about earning respect from others.I included the selection “How Much Respect?” because Ifelt that the meaning it conveys is very truthful and important.The overall thought that respect is both something you are bornwith and something that is earned and lost over time issomething I feel is an important part of society. I included thispoem because respect for others is something that my motherhad instilled in me from a very young age. The lesson that eventhose who not deserve your respect should still be respected ashuman beings and deserve polite treatment is something I haveused many times throughout my life.
“THE ROAD NOT TAKEN” BY ROBERT FROSTTwo roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth;Then took the other, as just as fair,And having perhaps the better claim,Because it was grassy and wanted wear;Though as for that the passing thereHad worn them really the same,And both that morning equally layIn leaves no step had trodden black.Oh, I kept the first for another day!Yet knowing how way leads on to way,I doubted if I should ever come back.I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.
EXPLICATION OF “THE ROAD NOT TAKEN”This poem, “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost was published in 1916in the collection of poems titled Mountain Interval. The poem ponders the decisionsmade in life. In the poem, the narrator is torn between two paths, knowing he cannot take both. In the end, the narrator makes a bold choice, taking the less traveledroad. Though the author does not regret his decision, he still wonders what theother path may have brought him. The imagery used in this poem, along with itsthemes make the it a classic poem, which is still enjoyed by many, almost onehundred years after its publication.“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost was included in this collection ofpoems because of its overall theme of not making decisions lightly. The tone is bothpositive and depressing as the author does not regret the path he takes, but stillwonders what the path not taken would have held. The poem also encouragesconfidence by inspiring others to have the courage to take the less traveled path.This metaphor for the choices made in life resonates with me. I included this poemto remind myself not to make decisions lightly, something my mother had taught me.This poem also inspires me to not be afraid of doing things differently than others. Iincluded this poem to remind my mother to do the same.
“EQUESTRIANISM” BY ALLISON MOYERA sport with many different ways,different colors chestnuts, browns, and bays.Different breeds all the same,Paints, Arabians, and Thoroughbreds by name,Competing in similar sport,Cutting, Dressage, and Halter in short.Brought together by a common theme,An ever-present equestrian dream.
ESSAY FOR “EQUESTRIANISM”This poem was written by Allison Moyer onMay 6, 2013. It uses rhyme to compare equine colors,breeds, and types of competition. Showing theharmony in the horse world which is often divided bysuch things, especially breed and competition.I included this poem because to speak to theequestrian in my mother. I believe that she can relateto it because horses are a large part of both of ourlives.
“ABOUT A DOG” BY ALLISON MOYERI look, as he stares at me,with eyes unseeing,as they have been for some time.Though his ears had betrayed him even before,what was a whisper becomes a yell.But he continues,unbothered.Though his body had kept painful track of the years,His mind seems to not have bothered.
ESSAY FOR “ABOUT A DOG”This poem was written by Allison Moyer onApril 26. This poem uses the story of a dog todescribe the deterioration experienced in his old age.The poem is depressing in that it describes the lossthat the dog has experienced. However, the poem isalso uplifting and hopeful, in that it tells of theresilience of the dog‟s spirit.I included this poem because I felt my mothercould relate to the story of a dog that has been alarge part of our lives. This poem is special to mebecause it is the story of a dog that has been with mesince early childhood. I included this poem to inspireresilience and hope in my mother.
“WRITERS BLOCK” BY ALLISON MOYERWriters block has entered my brain,I think I may go insane.Words seem to disappear,I fear my mind will never be clear.Of this loss that has seemed to find,An easy way inside my mind.
ESSAY FOR “WRITERS BLOCK”This poem was written on April 24, 2013 byAllison Moyer. It uses rhyme to convey the irritationfelt by being unable to write due to what some callwriters block. The tone of the poem is a playfulfrustration felt by the author because they can notunblock their mind.I included this poem because I believe it issomething many people can relate to. I felt my motherwould relate to it, as I believe it is something that iseasily understood.
“BALANCE” BY ALLISON MOYERDeadlines by day,But carefree by night.For every stress a serenity,Every worry a calm.Days divided intoSeemingly separate lives.The dull and mandatory,The bright and exciting.Balancing the daysWith an endless cycle.
ESSAY FOR “BALANCE”This poem was written by Allison Moyer onMay 7th, 2013. This poem shows the balancebetween night and day, boring and exciting, andworry and relief. The tone is slightly sad, with arepetitive feel to life. The tone is also uplifting in that ittells that there is balance, to every challenge is anopportunity for excitement.I included this poem because I thought that itwas a poem that could be related to everyday life. Ithink this poem is truthful and felt it should beincluded in this collection because my mother couldidentify with its themes.
ESSAY FOR “LISTENING”This poem was written on April 24th, 2013 byAllison Moyer. It is creative in that it uses the letters inthe author‟s first name, Allison, in the first letter ofevery line to create a poem. This poem conveys afeeling of friendship and happiness.This poem was included in this collectionbecause I believe it is uplifting, and shows theimportance of being a good listener, which issomething my mother has taught me.
BIBLIOGRAPHYBronte, Emily. Past, Present, Future. Web. 26 May. 2013<http://www.poetsgraves.co.uk/Classic%20Poems/Bronte/Past%20Present%20Future.htm>.Frost, Robert. Nothing Gold Can Stay. Web. 26 May. 2013<online-literature.com/frost/748/>.Frost, Robert. The Road Not Taken. Web. 26 May 2013<www.bartleby.com/119/1.html>.Hinz, Kelvin. How Much Respect?. Smashwords Edition, 2010. eBook. 26 May. 2013.Hinz, Kelvin. Words. Smashwords Edition, 2010. eBook. 26 May. 2013Personal poems:“Equestrianism” written by Allison Moyer on May 6, 2013“About A Dog” written by Allison Moyer on April 26, 2013“Writer‟s Block” written by Allison Moyer on April 24, 2013“Balance” written by Allison Moyer on May 7, 2013“Listening” written by Allison Moyer on April 24, 2013*All pictures taken by Allison and Lisa Moyer