English poetry

Poems in English

Troth with the Dead

The moon is broken in twain, and half a moon Before me lies on the still, pale floor of the […]


A big bud of moon hangs out of the twilight, Star-spiders spinning their thread Hang high suspended, withouten respite Watching […]

Craving for Spring

I wish it were spring in the world. Let it be spring! Come, bubbling, surging tide of sap! Come, rush […]

A Spiritual Woman

Close your eyes, my love, let me make you blind; They have taught you to see Only a mean arithmetic […]

A Baby Asleep after Pain

As a drenched, drowned bee Hangs numb and heavy from a bending flower, So clings to me My baby, her […]

The Gods! The Gods!

People were bathing and posturing themselves on the beach, And all was dreary, great robot limbs, robot breasts, Robot voices, […]

Brother and Sister

The shorn moon trembling indistinct on her path, Frail as a scar upon the pale blue sky, Draws towards the […]

Scent of Irises

A faint, sickening scent of irises Persists all morning. Here in a jar on the table A fine proud spike […]

A Baby Running Barefoot

When the bare feet of the baby beat across the grass The little white feet nod like white flowers in […]


When along the pavement, Palpitating flames of life, People flicker round me, I forget my bereavement, The gap in the […]


Too far away, oh love, I know, To save me from this haunted road, Whose lofty roses break and blow […]

Whales Weep Not!

They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains The hottest blood of all, and the wildest, the most […]


Butterfly, the wind blows sea-ward, strong beyond the garden-wall! Butterfly, why do you settle on my shoe, and sip the […]

Dreams Nascent

My world is a painted fresco, where coloured shapes Of old, ineffectual lives linger blurred and warm; An endless tapestry […]


Thought, I love thought. But not the juggling and twisting of already existent ideas I despise that self-important game. Thought […]


Always, sweetheart, Carry into your room the blossoming boughs of cherry, Almond and apple and pear diffuse with light, that […]

The Virgin Mother

My little love, my darling, You were a doorway to me; You let me out of the confines Into this […]


Since I lost you I am silence-haunted, Sounds wave their little wings A moment, then in weariness settle On the […]


Hollow rang the house when I knocked on the door, And I lingered on the threshold with my hand Upraised […]

The Mystic Blue

Out of the darkness, fretted sometimes in its sleeping, Jets of sparks in fountains of blue come leaping To sight, […]


Somewhere the long mellow note of the blackbird Quickens the unclasping hands of hazel, Somewhere the wind-flowers fling their heads […]


It is stormy, and raindrops cling like silver bees to the pane, The thin sycamores in the playground are swinging […]

Dreams Old

I have opened the window to warm my hands on the sill Where the sunlight soaks in the stone: the […]

A Winter’s Tale

Yesterday the fields were only grey with scattered snow, And now the longest grass-leaves hardly emerge; Yet her deep footsteps […]

At the Window

The pine-trees bend to listen to the autumn wind as it mutters Something which sets the black poplars ashake with […]

The Revolutionary

Look at them standing there in authority The pale-faces, As if it could have any effect any more. Pale-face authority, […]


Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me; Taking me back down the vista of years, till I […]


The dawn was apple-green, The sky was green wine held up in the sun, The moon was a golden petal […]

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