English poetry

Poems in English

The Rapture

All summer I wandered the fields That were thickening Every morning, Every rainfall, With weeds and blossoms, With the long […]


Where the path closed down and over, through the scumbled leaves, fallen branches, Through the knotted catbrier, I kept going. […]


I tied together A few slender reeds, cut Notches to breathe across and made Such music you stood Shock still […]


The mosquito is so small It takes almost nothing to ruin it. Each leaf, the same. And the black ant, […]

A Meeting

She steps into the dark swamp Where the long wait ends. The secret slippery package Drops to the weeds. She […]


This morning the green fists of the peonies are getting ready To break my heart As the sun rises, As […]

Snow Geese

Oh, to love what is lovely, and will not last! What a task To ask Of anything, or anyone, Yet […]

That Sweet Flute John Clare

That sweet flute John Clare; That broken branch Eddy Whitman; Christopher Smart, in the press of blazing electricity; My uncle […]


Out of the sump rise the marigolds. From the rim of the marsh, muslin with mosquitoes, Rises the egret, in […]

Why I Wake Early

Hello, sun in my face. Hello, you who made the morning And spread it over the fields And into the […]

Black Oaks

Okay, not one can write a symphony, or a dictionary, Or even a letter to an old friend, full of […]

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles […]

The Humpbacks

Listen, whatever it is you try To do with your life, nothing will ever dazzle you Like the dreams of […]

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