Poems for All Seasons

POEMS FOR ALL SEASONS by MaryAnn Diorio is a compilation of poems the author has written over a period of several years. The book includes poems in various forms, including sonnets, tetractyses, tercets, haikus, limericks, and an intriguing poetic form called the “Minute”. A special feature of the book is the introduction of a new poetic form that MaryAnn created called the “Diorion”–a form inspired by her husband’s family name. This new form alone is worth purchasing the book.Diorio’s poetry reflects the different seasons of life and offers the reader a perspective that will entertain, inspire, and transform. POEMS FOR ALL SEASONS will delight readers of poetry everywhere.




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This poem was written in the hope that it would promote unity among Americans of all colors and ethnicities. We are all of equal worth in God’s eyes. As far as He is  concerned, there is only one race: the human race.

“People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (I Samuel 16:7).


by MaryAnn Diorio

Why black or white? Why look at skin?
What would it take to stop the sin
Of stigmatizing God’s creation
With unjust discrimination?

Why is it that we fail to see
The truth that love is color-free,
That hatred only binds the heart
And keeps both black and white apart?

Why not proclaim we’re all the same
In joy and laughter, grief and pain?
Why not look past the outer skin
To find the spirit deep within?

O, would that we would rise above
The pettiness of gross self-love
And look beyond the outer man
To sister, brother, deep within.

But only Christ can bridge the gap
That separates the white and black,
For He is Love, and Love alone
Can make us see that we are one.

Copyright 2000-2023 by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA. All Rights Reserved.