English poetry

Poems in English

C. L. M

IN the dark womb where I began My mother’s life made me a man. Through all the months of human […]

The Island of Skyros

Here, where we stood together, we three men, Before the war had swept us to the East Three thousand miles […]

Trade Winds

IN the harbor, in the island, in the Spanish Seas, Are the tiny white houses and the orange trees, And […]

Lollingdon Downs VIII

THE Kings go by with jewled crowns; Their horses gleam, their banners shake, their spears are many. The sack of […]

The West Wind

IT’S a warm wind, the west wind, full of birds’ cries; I never hear the west wind but tears are […]

The Seekers

FRIENDS and loves we have none, nor wealth nor blessed abode, But the hope of the City of God at […]

Tewkesbury Road

IT is good to be out on the road, and going one knows not where, Going through meadow and village, […]


ONE road leads to London, One road leads to Wales, My road leads me seawards To the white dipping sails. […]

A Creed

I HOLD that when a person dies His soul returns again to earth; Arrayed in some new flesh-disguise Another mother […]

The Wanderer

ALL day they loitered by the resting ships, Telling their beauties over, taking stock; At night the verdict left my […]

A Ballad of John Silver

We were schooner-rigged and rakish, With a long and lissome hull, And we flew the pretty colours of the crossbones […]

The Passing Strange

Out of the earth to rest or range Perpetual in perpetual change, The unknown passing through the strange. Water and […]

The Yarn of the Loch Achray

The Loch Achray was a clipper tall With seven-and-twenty hands in all. Twenty to hand and reef and haul, A […]


QUINQUIREME of Nineveh from distant Ophir, Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine, With a cargo of ivory, And apes […]

A Wanderer’s Song

A WIND’S in the heart of me, a fire’s in my heels, I am tired of brick and stone and […]


FLESH, I have knocked at many a dusty door, Gone down full many a midnight lane, Probed in old walls […]

On Growing Old

Be with me, Beauty, for the fire is dying; My dog and I are old, too old for roving. Man, […]

Sea Fever

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is […]

Night Is On The Downland

Night is on the downland, on the lonely moorland, On the hills where the wind goes over sheep-bitten turf, Where […]


I HAVE seen dawn and sunset on moors and windy hills Coming in solemn beauty like slow old tunes of […]

Sea Change

“Goneys an’ gullies an’ all o’ the birds o’ the sea They ain’t no birds, not really”, said Billy the […]

The Everlasting Mercy

Thy place is biggyd above the sterrys cleer, Noon erthely paleys wrouhte in so statly wyse, Com on my freend, […]

On Eastnor Knoll

SILENT are the woods, and the dim green boughs are Hushed in the twilight: yonder, in the path through The […]

An Epilogue

I had seen flowers come in stony places And kind things done by men with ugly faces, And the gold […]