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Everyday Things
Richard Greene


The sky that’s always with us
in light or darkness,
a radiance of moon,
the seasons,
the tree behind the house,
the birds that sing so tirelessly in its branches,
the shadow of leaves on a wall,
a spouse’s touch.
Should we cherish them any the less
for being commonplace?

© by Richard Greene.
Used with the author’s permission.


Richard Greene began writing poetry in the 8th grade, inspired by the opening lines of Longfellow's “Evangeline”—“This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks / Bearded in moss and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight"—which he was required to read in class. In college, after a classmate deemed Richard’s rhyming poem “trite,”  he stopped writing until, a couple of years later, a class with Henry Rago, subsequently editor of Poetry magazine, inspired him to resume his efforts. But poetry fell by the wayside for almost forty years as a busy career in international development consumed his life. As retirement approached, however, Richard’s dedication to poetry returned; he has now self-published a book (Explorations, Antrim House Books), and shares a "poem of the week" (get on the mailing list by requesting it at Richard lives in Nyack, New York; learn more about him at






Post New Comment:
There is no crime in rhyme. I use it all the time.
Posted 06/06/2019 09:14 AM
Larry Schug:
We should cherish the common even more and pay attention to it.
Posted 06/06/2019 08:49 AM

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