Poetry Quotes

“If we knew how to find the lost, we would know how to rediscover the parts of our mindsleft behindin battle.” ―Margarita Engle,The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom
“I’ve triedto become someone else for a while,only to discover that he, too, was me.” ―Stephen Dunn
“our foundation is rockybecause we made a home in each other’s skin.the damage is beginning to show.” ―K. Y. Robinson,The Chaos of Longing
“You had this expression on your face, like you weren’t quite sure you were supposed to be on Earth.” ―pleasefindthis,I Wrote This For You
“The sea is dangerous, they say, but not if you’re the sea.” ―Sarah Maclay
“For you she learned to wear a short black slipand red lipstick,how to order a glass of red wineand finish it. She learned to reach outas if to touch your arm and then nottouch it, changing the subject.Didn’t you think, she’d begin, orWeren’t you sorry. . . .To call your best friendsby their schoolboy namesand give them kisses good-bye,to look away when they sayYour wife! So your confidence grows.She doesn’t ask what you wantbecause she knows.Isn’t that what you think?When actually she was only waitingto be told Take off your dress—to be stunned, and then do this,never rehearsed, but perfectly obvious:in one motion up, over, and gone,the X of her arms crossing and uncrossing,her face flashing away from you in the fabricso that you couldn’t say if she wasappearing or disappearing.” ―Deborah Garrison,A Working Girl Can’t Win
“Brushing a girl’s hair behind her earonce a daywill solve more problemsthan all thosetherapists and drugs.” ―Atticus Poetry,Love Her Wild
“You shall create beauty not to excite the sensesbut to give sustenance to the soul. ” ―Gabriela Mistral
“Of the many forms that silence takes, the most memorable is the dry husk of the cicada.” ―Jon Davis
“A crust of bread and a corner to sleep in,A minute to smile and an hour to weep in,A pint of joy to a peck of trouble,And never a laugh but the moans come double;And that is life!A crust and a corner that love makes precious,With a smile to warm and the tears to refresh us;And joy seems sweeter when cares come after,And a moan is the finest of foils for laughter;And that is life!” ―Paul Laurence Dunbar,The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar