English poetry

Poems in English

My young son asks me

My young son asks me: Must I learn mathematics? What is the use, I feel like saying. That two pieces […]

To Posterity

Indeed I live in the dark ages! A guileless word is an absurdity. A smooth forehead betokens A hard heart. […]

The Solution

After the uprising of the 17th June The Secretary of the Writers Union Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee Stating […]

Alabama Song

Show me the way to the next whisky bar Oh, don’t ask why, oh, don’t ask why Show me the […]

Radio Poem

You little box, held to me escaping So that your valves should not break Carried from house to house to […]

United Front Song

And because a man is human He’ll want to eat, and thanks a lot But talk can’t take the place […]


We embrace. Rich cloth under my fingers While yours touch poor fabric. A quick embrace You were invited for dinner […]

Mack The Knife

Oh, the shark has pretty teeth, dear And he shows them pearly white. Just a jack knife has Macheath, dear […]

Contemplating Hell

Contemplating Hell, as I once heard it, My brother Shelley found it to be a place Much like the city […]

Solidarity Song

Peoples of the world, together Join to serve the common cause! So it feeds us all for ever See to […]

Not What Was Meant

When the Academy of Arts demanded freedom Of artistic expression from narrow-minded bureaucrats There was a howl and a clamour […]