English poetry

Poems in English

Silver Filigree

The icicles wreathing On trees in festoon Swing, swayed to our breathing: They’re made of the moon. She’s a pale, […]

Phases of the Moon

Once upon a time I heard That the flying moon was a Phoenix bird; Thus she sails through windy skies, […]

Prophecy

I shall die hidden in a hut In the middle of an alder wood, With the back door blind and […]

Blood Feud

Once, when my husband was a child, there came To his father’s table, one who called him kin, In sunbleached […]

The Falcon

Why should my sleepy heart be taught To whistle mocking-bird replies? This is another bird you’ve caught, Soft-feathered, with a […]

October

Beauty has a tarnished dress, And a patchwork cloak of cloth Dipped deep in mournfulness, Striped like a moth. Wet […]

A Proud Lady

Hate in the world’s hand Can carve and set its seal Like the strong blast of sand Which cuts into […]

Sunset on the Spire

All that I dream By day or night Lives in that stream Of lovely light. Here is the earth, And […]

Valentine

Too high, too high to pluck My heart shall swing. A fruit no bee shall suck, No wasp shall sting. […]

Little Joke

Stripping an almond tree in flower The wise apothecary’s skill A single drop of lethal power From perfect sweetness can […]

Les Lauriers Sont Coupée

Ah, love, within the shadow of the wood The laurels are cut down; some other brows May bear the classic […]

Wild Peaches

1 When the world turns completely upside down You say we’ll emigrate to the Eastern Shore Aboard a river-boat from […]

Spring Pastoral

Liza, go steep your long white hands In the cool waters of that spring Which bubbles up through shiny sands […]

The Pekingese

For a picture This Pekingese, that makes the sand-grains spin, Is digging little tunnels to Pekin: Dream him emerging in […]

The Crooked Stick

First Traveller: What’s that lying in the dust? Second Traveller: A crooked stick. First Traveller: What’s it worth, if you […]

Velvet Shoes

Let us walk in the white snow In a soundless space; With footsteps quiet snd slow, At a tranquil pace, […]

Venetian Interior

Allegra, rising from her canopied dreams, Slides both white feet across the slanted beams Which lace the peacock jalousies: behold […]

Death and the Maiden

BARCAROLE ON THE STYX Fair youth with the rose at your lips, A riddle is hid in your eyes; Discard […]

The Tortoise in Eternity

Within my house of patterned horn I sleep in such a bed As men may keep before they’re born And […]

Now let no charitable hope

Now let no charitable hope Confuse my mind with images Of eagle and of antelope: I am by nature none […]

Cold-Blooded Creatures

Man, the egregious egoist (In mystery the twig is bent) Imagines, by some mental twist, That he alone is sentient […]

Village Mystery

The woman in the pointed hood And cloak blue-gray like a pigeon’s wing, Whose orchard climbs to the balsam-wood, Has […]

Madman’s Song

Better to see your cheek grown hollow, Better to see your temple worn, Than to forget to follow, follow, After […]

Nadir

If we must cheat ourselves with any dream, Then let it be a dream of nobleness: Since it is necessary […]

Sanctuary

This is the bricklayer; hear the thud Of his heavy load dumped down on stone. His lustrous bricks are brighter […]

The Poor Old Cannon

Upbroke the sun In red-gold foam; Thus spoke the gun At the Soldier’s Home: “Whenever I hear Blue thunder speak […]

The Fairy Goldsmith

Here’s a wonderful thing, A humming-bird’s wing In hammered gold, And store well chosen Of snowflakes frozen In crystal cold. […]

The Child on the Curbstone

The headlights raced; the moon, death-faced, Stared down on that golden river. I saw through the smoke the scarlet cloak […]

The Lion and the Lamb

I saw a Tiger’s golden flank, I saw what food he ate, By a desert spring he drank; The Tiger’s […]

A Crowded Trolley-Car

The rain’s cold grains are silver-gray Sharp as golden sands, A bell is clanging, people sway Hanging by their hands. […]

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