English poetry

Poems in English

I Shall Come Back

I shall come back without fanfaronade Of wailing wind and graveyard panoply; But, trembling, slip from cool Eternity- A mild […]


Unseemly are the open eyes That watch the midnight sheep, That look upon the secret skies Nor close, abashed, in […]

Prayer For a New Mother

The things she knew, let her forget again- The voices in the sky, the fear, the cold, The gaping shepherds, […]

Portrait of the Artist

Oh, lead me to a quiet cell Where never footfall rankles, And bar the window passing well, And gyve my […]

Ballade Of A Great Weariness

There’s little to have but the things I had, There’s little to bear but the things I bore. There’s nothing […]


The first time I died, I walked my ways; I followed the file of limping days. I held me tall, […]

Temps Perdu

I never may turn the loop of a road Where sudden, ahead, the sea is Iying, But my heart drags […]

Light Of Love

Joy stayed with me a night Young and free and fair And in the morning light He left me there. […]

From A Letter From Lesbia

… So, praise the gods, Catullus is away! And let me tend you this advice, my dear: Take any lover […]


The stars are soft as flowers, and as near; The hills are webs of shadow, slowly spun; No separate leaf […]


When I am old, and comforted, And done with this desire, With Memory to share my bed And Peace to […]

Unfortunate Coincidence

By the time you swear you’re his, Shivering and sighing, And he vows his passion is Infinite, undying – Lady, […]

Pour Prendre Conge

I’m sick of embarking in dories Upon an emotional sea. I’m wearied of playing Dolores (A role never written for […]


Now it’s over, and now it’s done; Why does everything look the same? Just as bright, the unheeding sun, Can’t […]


Half across the world from me Lie the lands I’ll never see- I, whose longing lives and dies Where a […]

Parable For A Certain Virgin

Oh, ponder, friend, the porcupine; Refresh your recollection, And sit a moment, to define His means of self-protection. How truly […]

The Satin Dress

Needle, needle, dip and dart, Thrusting up and down, Where’s the man could ease a heart Like a satin gown? […]


If I were mild, and I were sweet, And laid my heart before your feet, And took my dearest thoughts […]

The Choice

He’d have given me rolling lands, Houses of marble, and billowing farms, Pearls, to trickle between my hands, Smoldering rubies, […]


If I don’t drive around the park, I’m pretty sure to make my mark. If I’m in bed each night […]

Prayer For A Prayer

Dearest one, when I am dead Never seek to follow me. Never mount the quiet hill Where the copper leaves […]

Prologue to a Saga

Maidens, gather not the yew, Leave the glossy myrtle sleeping; Any lad was born untrue, Never a one is fit […]

Chant For Dark Hours

Some men, some men Cannot pass a Book shop. (Lady, make your mind up, and wait your life away.) Some […]


Her mind lives in a quiet room, A narrow room, and tall, With pretty lamps to quench the gloom And […]


Dear dead Victoria Rotted cosily; In excelsis gloria, And R. I. P. And her shroud was buttoned neat, And her […]


Secrets, you said, would hold us two apart; You’d have me know of you your least transgression, And so the […]

Verse For a Certain Dog

Such glorious faith as fills your limpid eyes, Dear little friend of mine, I never knew. All-innocent are you, and […]

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