English poetry

Poems in English

Campo di Fiori

In Rome on the Campo di Fiori Baskets of olives and lemons, Cobbles spattered with wine And the wreckage of […]


Burning, he walks in the stream of flickering letters, clarinets, Machines throbbing quicker than the heart, lopped-off heads, silk Canvases, […]

Not Mine

All my life to pretend this world of theirs is mine And to know such pretending is disgraceful. But what […]


I looked out the window at dawn and saw a young apple tree Translucent in brightness. And when I looked […]


When I die, I will see the lining of the world. The other side, beyond bird, mountain, sunset. The true […]

Conversation with Jeanne

Let us not talk philosophy, drop it, Jeanne. So many words, so much paper, who can stand it. I told […]


Love means to learn to look at yourself The way one looks at distant things For you are only one […]

Father Explains

“There where that ray touches the plain And the shadows escape as if they really ran, Warsaw stands, open from […]

In Black Despair

In grayish doubt and black despair, I drafted hymns to the earth and the air, Pretending to joy, although I […]


Maidenly lake, fathomless lake, Stay as you were once, overgrown with rushes, Idling with a reflected cloud, for my sake […]

On Angels

All was taken away from you: white dresses, Wings, even existence. Yet I believe you, Messengers. There, where the world […]

Study Of Loneliness

A guardian of long-distance conduits in the desert? A one-man crew of a fortress in the sand? Whoever he was. […]

On Prayer

You ask me how to pray to someone who is not. All I know is that prayer constructs a velvet […]

Child of Europe

1 We, whose lungs fill with the sweetness of day. Who in May admire trees flowering Are better than those […]

A Hall

The road led straight to the temple. Notre Dame, though not Gothic at all. The huge doors were closed. I […]


The history of my stupidity would fill many volumes. Some would be devoted to acting against consciousness, Like the flight […]


Human reason is beautiful and invincible. No bars, no barbed wire, no pulping of books, No sentence of banishment can […]

Unde Malum

Where does evil come from? It comes From man Always from man Only from man – Tadeusz Rozewicz Alas, dear […]


Forget the suffering You caused others. Forget the suffering Others caused you. The waters run and run, Springs sparkle and […]

Ars Poetica?

I have always aspired to a more spacious form That would be free from the claims of poetry or prose […]


We were riding through frozen fields in a wagon at dawn. A red wing rose in the darkness. And suddenly […]


You whom I could not save Listen to me. Try to understand this simple speech as I would be ashamed […]

I Sleep a Lot

I sleep a lot and read St. Thomas Aquinas Or The Death of God (that’s a Protestant book). To the […]

Song on the End of the World

On the day the world ends A bee circles a clover, A Fisherman mends a glimmering net. Happy porpoises jump […]

A Task

In fear and trembling, I think I would fulfill my life Only if I brought myself to make a public […]


The same and not quite the same, I walked through oak forests Amazed that my Muse, Mnemosyne, Has in no […]


It is true, our tribe is similar to the bees, It gathers honey of wisdom, carries it, stores it in […]

At a Certain Age

We wanted to confess our sins but there were no takers. White clouds refused to accept them, and the wind […]

What Does It Mean

It does not know it glitters It does not know it flies It does not know it is this not […]

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