English poetry

Poems in English

Voices of the Air

But then there comes that moment rare When, for no cause that I can find, The little voices of the […]

The Family

Hinemoa, Tui, Maina, All of them were born together; They are quite an extra special Set of babies wax and […]


I saw a tiny God Sitting Under a bright blue umbrella That had white tassels And forked ribs of gold. […]

Across The Red Sky

Across the red sky two birds flying, Flying with drooping wings. Silent and solitary their ominous flight. All day the […]

The Storm

I Ran to the forest for shelter, Breathless, half sobbing; I put my arms round a tree, Pillowed my head […]

Camomile Tea

Outside the sky is light with stars; There’s a hollow roaring from the sea. And, alas! for the little almond […]


The Sea called I lay on the rocks and said: “I am come.” She mocked and showed her teeth, Stretching […]

To L. H. B. (1894-1915 )

Last night for the first time since you were dead I walked with you, my brother, in a dream. We […]

Jangling Memory

Heavens above! here’s an old tie of your Sea-green dragons stamped on a golden ground. Ha! Ha! Ha! What children […]

A Few Rules for Beginners

Babies must not eat the coal And they must not make grimaces, Nor in party dresses roll And must never […]


Most merciful God Look kindly upon An impudent child Who wants sitting on. This evening late I went to the […]

The Quarrel

Our quarrel seemed a giant thing, It made the room feel mean and small, The books, the lamp, the furniture, […]

A Day in Bed

I wish I had not got a cold, The wind is big and wild, I wish that I was very […]

Sea Song

I will think no more of the sea! Of the big green waves And the hollowed Shore, Of the brown […]

Winter Song

Rain and wind, and wind and rain. Will the Summer come again? Rain on houses, on the street, Wetting all […]

Very Early Spring

The fields are snowbound no longer; There are little blue lakes and flags of tenderest green. The snow has been […]

A Fine Day

After all the rain, the sun Shines on hill and grassy mead; Fly into the garden, child, You are very […]

The Opal Dream Cave

In an opal dream cave I found a fairy: Her wings were frailer than flower petals, Frailer far than snowflakes. […]

The Town Between the Hills

The further the little girl leaped and ran, The further she longed to be; The white, white fields of jonquil […]

Autumn Song

Now’s the time when children’s noses All become as red as roses And the colour of their faces Makes me […]

The Arabian Shawl

“It is cold outside, you will need a coat What! this old Arabian shawl! Bind it about your head and […]

Spring Wind in London

I Blow across the stagnant world, I blow across the sea, For me, the sailor’s flag unfurled, For me, the […]

When I was a Bird

I climbed up the karaka tree Into a nest all made of leaves But soft as feathers. I made up […]

A Little Girl’s Prayer

Grant me the moment, the lovely moment That I may lean forth to see The other buds, the other blooms, […]

Night-Scented Stock

White, white in the milky night The moon danced over a tree. “Wouldn’t it be lovely to swim in the […]

A New Hymn

Sing a song of men’s pyjamas, Half-past-six has got a pair, And he’s wearing them this evening, And he’s looking […]

Out in the Garden

Out in the garden, Out in the windy, swinging dark, Under the trees and over the flower-beds, Over the grass […]


Her little hot room looked over the bay Through a stiff palisade of glinting palms, And there she would lie […]

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