English poetry

Poems in English

The Shroud of Color

“Lord, being dark,” I said, “I cannot bear The further touch of earth, the scented air; Lord, being dark, forewilled […]

From the Dark Tower

We shall not always plant while others reap The golden increment of bursting fruit, Not always countenance, abject and mute, […]

A Brown Girl Dead

With two white roses on her breasts, White candles at head and feet, Dark Madonna of the grave she rests; […]

The Wise

Dead men are wisest, for they know How far the roots of flowers go, How long a seed must rot […]

Yet Do I Marvel

I doubt not God is good, well-meaning, kind And did He stoop to quibble could tell why The little buried […]

That Bright Chimeric Beast

That bright chimeric beast Conceived yet never born, Save in the poet’s breast, The white-flanked unicorn, Never may be shaken […]


Once riding in old Baltimore, Heart-filled, head-filled with glee; I saw a Baltimorean Keep looking straight at me. Now I […]

The Loss of Love

All through an empty place I go, And find her not in any room; The candles and the lamps I […]

Fruit of the Flower

My father is a quiet man With sober, steady ways; For simile, a folded fan; His nights are like his […]

To Certain Critics

Then call me traitor if you must, Shout reason and default! Say I betray a sacred trust Aching beyond this […]


What is Africa to me: Copper sun or scarlet sea, Jungle star or jungle track, Strong bronzed men, or regal […]

Saturday's Child

Some are teethed on a silver spoon, With the stars strung for a rattle; I cut my teeth as the […]

For A Poet

I have wrapped my dreams in a silken cloth, And laid them away in a box of gold; Where long […]