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Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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April 18, 2013

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By Samuel Taylor Coleridge Submitted by Mike D’Onofrio (Marketing & Communications) Argument How a Ship having passed the Line was driven by storms to the cold Country towards the South Pole; and how from thence she made her course to the tropical Latitude of the Great Pacific Ocean; and of the strange things that befell; […]

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Silver-Lined Heart

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April 18, 2013

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By Taylor Mali Submitted by Sira Naras (University Advancement)   I’m for reckless abandon and spontaneous celebrations of nothing at all, like the twin flutes I kept in the trunk of my car in a box labeled Emergency Champagne Glasses! Raise an unexpected glass to long, cold winters and sweet hot summers and the beautiful confusion […]

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Peril of Hope

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April 18, 2013

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By Robert Frost Submitted by John McNeill (Electrical and Computer Engineering) It is right in there Betwixt and between The orchard bare And the orchard green, When the boughs are right In a flowery burst Of pink and white, That we fear the worst. For there’s not a clime But at any cost Will take […]

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Perhaps the World Ends Here

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April 18, 2013

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By Joy Harjo Submitted by Anne Ogilvie (Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division)   The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.   The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the table. So it has been since creation, and it will go on.   We chase […]

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To Run: A Prayer for Boston

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April 18, 2013

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By Scott Poole Submitted by Anne Ogilvie (Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division)   To run is to rise above the weak spirit is to take on pain is to push pain in the chest with both palms stumbling over garbage, gravel, fragments of life, is to say I will take you on in the street. […]

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Dust

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April 18, 2013

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By Rupert Brooke Submitted by Mike D’Onofrio (Marketing & Communications)   When the white flame in us is gone, And we that lost the world’s delight Stiffen in darkness, left alone To crumble in our separate night; When your swift hair is quiet in death, And through the lips corruption thrust Has stilled the labour […]

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Tao te Ching (excerpt, ch. 8)

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April 18, 2013

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By Lao Tzu Submitted by Michael Voorhis (Computer Science)   The highest good is like water. Water gives life to the ten thousand things and does not strive. It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao. In dwelling, be close to the land. In meditation, go deep in the heart. In […]

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When all the Laughter Dies in Sorrow

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April 18, 2013

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By Chicago Submitted by Mike Gennert (CS and RBE)   When all the laughter dies in sorrow And the tears have risen to a flood When all the wars have found a cause In human wisdom and in blood Do you think they’ll cry in sadness Do you think the eye will blink Do you […]

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My Life Has Been the Poem I Would Have Writ

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April 16, 2013

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By Henry David Thoreau Submitted by Wes Mott (Humanities and Arts) My life has been the poem I would have writ, But I could not both live and utter it.       From the “Friday” chapter of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

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After Our Daughter’s Wedding

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April 4, 2013

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By Ellen Bass Submitted by John Urang (Humanities and Arts) While the remnants of cake and half-empty champagne glasses lay on the lawn like sunbathers lingering in the slanting light, we left the house guests and drove to Antonelli’s pond. On a log by the bank I sat in my flowered dress and cried. A […]

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