English poetry

Poems in English


Intricate and untraceable Weaving and interweaving, Dark strand with light: Designed, beyond All spiderly contrivance, To link, not to entrap: […]

To the Snake

Green Snake, when I hung you round my neck And stroked your cold, pulsing throat As you hissed to me, […]

The Great Black Heron

Since I stroll in the woods more often Than on this frequented path, it’s usually Trees I observe; but among […]

An Embroidery

Rose Red’s hair is brown as fur And shines in firelight as she prepares Supper of honey and apples, curds […]

The Thread

Something is very gently, Invisibly, silently, Pulling at me-a thread Or net of threads Finer than cobweb and as Elastic. […]

Looking, Walking, Being

“The World is not something to Look at, it is something to be in.” Mark Rudman I look and look. […]

Triple Feature

Innocent decision: to enjoy. And the pathos Of hopefulness, of his solicitude: he in mended serape, She having plaited carefully […]

The Breathing

An absolute Patience. Trees stand Up to their knees in Fog. The fog Slowly flows Uphill. White Cobwebs, the grass […]

What Were They Like?

Did the people of Viet Nam Use lanterns of stone? Did they hold ceremonies To reverence the opening of buds? […]

St. Peter and the Angel

Delivered out of raw continual pain, Smell of darkness, groans of those others To whom he was chained Unchained, and […]

The Métier of Blossoming

Fully occupied with growing that’s The amaryllis. Growing especially At night: it would take Only a bit more patience than […]

The Garden Wall

Bricks of the wall, So much older than the house – Taken I think from a farm pulled down When […]


The fire in leaf and grass So green it seems Each summer the last summer. The wind blowing, the leaves […]

The Dog of Art

That dog with daisies for eyes Who flashes forth Flame of his very self at every bark Is the Dog […]


I was welcomed here-clear gold Of late summer, of opening autumn, The dawn eagle sunning himself on the highest tree, […]

The Mutes

Those groans men use Passing a woman on the street Or on the steps of the subway To tell her […]

September 1961

This is the year the old ones, The old great ones Leave us alone on the road. The road leads […]

Ikon: The Harrowing of Hell

Down through the tomb’s inward arch He has shouldered out into Limbo To gather them, dazed, from dreamless slumber: The […]

Zeroing In

“I am a landscape,” he said, “a landscape and a person walking in that landscape. There are daunting cliffs there, […]

Illustrious Ancestors

The Rav Of Northern White Russia declined, In his youth, to learn the Language of birds, because The extraneous did […]

Sojourns in the Parallel World

We live our lives of human passions, Cruelties, dreams, concepts, Crimes and the exercise of virtue In and beside a […]

On a Theme by Thomas Merton

“Adam, where are you?” God’s hands Palpate darkness, the void That is Adam’s inattention, His confused attention to everything, Impassioned […]

From the Roof

This wild night, gathering the washing as if it were flowers animal vines twisting over the line and Slapping my […]

Hymn To Eros

O Eros, silently smiling one, hear me. Let the shadow of thy wings Brush me. Let thy presence Enfold me, […]

Losing Track

Long after you have swung back Away from me I think you are still with me: You come in close […]


When I found the door I found the vine leaves Speaking among themselves in abundant Whispers. My presence made them […]

Talking to Grief

Ah, Grief, I should not treat you Like a homeless dog Who comes to the back door For a crust, […]

Everything That Acts Is Actual

From the tawny light From the rainy nights From the imagination finding Itself and more than itself Alone and more […]

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