English poetry

Poems in English


You have put your two hands upon me, and your mouth, You have said my name as a prayer. Here […]

Last Hill In A Vista

Come, let us tell the weeds in ditches How we are poor, who once had riches, And lie out in […]

Words For Departure

Nothing was remembered, nothing forgotten. When we awoke, wagons were passing on the warm summer pavements, The window-sills were wet […]


Since you would claim the sources of my thought Recall the meshes whence it sprang unlimed, The reedy traps which […]


She has no need to fear the fall Of harvest from the laddered reach Of orchards, nor the tide gone […]

Epitaph For A Romantic Woman

She has attained the permanence She dreamed of, where old stones lie sunning. Untended stalks blow over her Even and […]


I had come to the house, in a cave of trees, Facing a sheer sky. Everything moved, a bell hung […]

The Alchemist

I burned my life, that I may find A passion wholly of the mind, Thought divorced from eye and bone […]


Now that I know How passion warms little Of flesh in the mould, And treasure is brittle, I’ll lie here […]

Song For The Last Act

Now that I have your face by heart, I look Less at its features than its darkening frame Where quince […]

The Dream

O God, in the dream the terrible horse began To paw at the air, and make for me with his […]

Juan’s Song

When beauty breaks and falls asunder I feel no grief for it, but wonder. When love, like a frail shell, […]


Women have no wilderness in them, They are provident instead, Content in the tight hot cell of their hearts To […]

Tears In Sleep

All night the cocks crew, under a moon like day, And I, in the cage of sleep, on a stranger’s […]

The Frightened Man

In fear of the rich mouth I kissed the thin, Even that was a trap To snare me in. Even […]

Chanson Un Peu Naïve

What body can be ploughed, Sown, and broken yearly? But she would not die, she vowed, But she has, nearly. […]

Man Alone

It is yourself you seek In a long rage, Scanning through light and darkness Mirrors, the page, Where should reflected […]

Roman Fountain

Up from the bronze, I saw Water without a flaw Rush to its rest in air, Reach to its rest, […]

The Crossed Apple

I’ve come to give you fruit from out my orchard, Of wide report. I have trees there that bear me […]

A Tale

This youth too long has heard the break Of waters in a land of change. He goes to see what […]