English poetry

Poems in English

THE DAYS GO BY

for Daniel Weissbort Some poems meant only for my eyes About a grief I can’t let go But I want […]

MORNINGS LIKE THIS

Mornings like this I awaken and wonder How I have moved so far, how I have moved so little And […]

MARGINALIA

Here is a silence I had not hoped for This side of paradise, I am an old believer In nature’s […]

VIEW FROM THE INNER CITY

Leeds this silent solemn Sunday Tempest Road is clear of all But wistful birds, parked cars And vagrant trees. The […]

DEATH OF A POET

for Wendy Oliver, who knew him I am the sick animal you dream you are caring for In the long […]

WINDSONG

I drowse and dream in this sleeping house Fynbos the cat purring by the curtain Suriya the sun god sharing […]

WINTERLIGHT

Let us, this December night, leave the ring Of heat, the lapping flames around the fire’s heart, Move with bodies […]

THE PRISM

Through the windows the sun’s light Turns to amber, the moon’s to jade; All night long I lie awake, wondering […]

TO THE SOUND OF VIOLINS

Give me life at its most garish Friday night in the Square, pink sequins dazzle And dance on clubbers bare […]

THE PARIS COMMUNE

From the French of Andrй Frйnaud France was born there and it is from there she sings Of Joan of […]

TO MY WIFE

I You buy my freedom with your love. With every book you catalogue or stamp My imagination hacks a strand […]

HYMN

How I love the working-class girls of Leeds, Their mile-wide smiles, eyes bright as beads, Their young breasts bobbing as […]

A KIND OF DISTRACTION

You always disrupt me; When I ring you for comfort You wing me, send my Pudding of a mind A-splatter […]

TEXTURES

The grain of the exposed boards Speaks through the wall of the years We are back in our cottage On […]

PORTRAITS FROM MEMORY

I Through my bedroom window The coal carts jolted over the cobbles A slow heavy rhythm full, Light and fast […]

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