World Poetry Day- My favorite poems!

So I didn’t realize that today was World Poetry Day until I saw Guinevere at Books& Wonder’s post. Like Guinevere, I’ve decided to post a couple of my favorite poems.

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep by Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight. 
I am the soft stars that shine at night. 
Do not stand at my grave and cry, 
I am not there; I did not die.

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/do-not-stand-by-my-grave-and-weep-by-mary-elizabeth-frye

anyone lived in a pretty how town by E.E. Cummings

anyone lived in a pretty how town
(with up so floating many bells down)
spring summer autumn winter
he sang his didn’t he danced his did.

Women and men(both little and small)
cared for anyone not at all
they sowed their isn’t they reaped their same
sun moon stars rain

children guessed(but only a few
and down they forgot as up they grew
autumn winter spring summer)
that noone loved him more by more

when by now and tree by leaf
she laughed his joy she cried his grief
bird by snow and stir by still
anyone’s any was all to her

someones married their everyones
laughed their cryings and did their dance
(sleep wake hope and then)they
said their nevers they slept their dream

stars rain sun moon
(and only the snow can begin to explain
how children are apt to forget to remember
with up so floating many bells down)

one day anyone died i guess
(and noone stooped to kiss his face)
busy folk buried them side by side
little by little and was by was

all by all and deep by deep
and more by more they dream their sleep
noone and anyone earth by april
wish by spirit and if by yes.

Women and men(both dong and ding)
summer autumn winter spring
reaped their sowing and went their came
sun moon stars rain

(source)

Those are my favorite poems. What about yours?

Book Review: A Duke in Disguise

Verity Plum and Ash have been friends for a long time. Intensely attracted to each other, they flirt but never cross the line. Verity doesn’t want to get married, and Ash doesn’t want to risk fathering an illegitimate child, knowing from experience how hard that can be.

When Ash’s mentor moves to France for his health, Ash can’t follow because sea travel sets off his seizures. He moves into Verity and her brother Nathaniel’s house. Verity works as a publisher, publishing magazines, books, and pamphlets her brother writes. When she gets her hands on an unusual erotic novel, she asks Ash do the illustrations and requests that he make the women look like they’re enjoying themselves. Ash agrees, but soon finds that all the women in his drawings look like Verity, and it becomes harder for him to resist her.

To add to Ash’s difficulties, he finds out that he’s not an illegitimate nobody but the rightful heir of a duke’s son. He’d been hidden away as a child by his aunt to save his life, who then lost track of him. She now wants his help to prevent his abusive uncle from becoming duke by claiming his title and leaving his life behind. Ash agrees, but requests a month to get his affairs in order. One of those affairs is Verity, whom he is now determined to have, at least for a month.

I loved this book. Verity is my favorite character. She’s smart, strong willed, and independent. I love that she runs her father’s publishing house and that she is level headed enough to make tough decisions when it comes to her family. She’s funny and fiercely intelligent. Even though she’s dead set against marriage, she can still write favorable advice to people in her ladies’ magazine about the institution. I also like that she’s bisexual and is on relatively good terms with her former lover.

I also really liked Ash. He is kind and thoughtful and very noble. Even though he likes his life and the freedom he had in the lower classes, he’s willing to give up his friends to help his aunt, who is being hurt by his uncle. I like how much he respects Verity and her desires. I thought their relationship was fun to read about as it progressed, and I liked that it started with a solid foundation of friendship. I loved that this story was not “insta-love” where they meet at the beginning and then fall in love halfway through the book. This story is about two best friends who have always loved each other coming to understand that they’re in love.

I found the book a little hard to get in to, but once I did, I was swept away by the characters and plot. It was a fun ride. Four out of five stars.