English poetry

Poems in English

The Summer Day

Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean […]

Snowy Night

Last night, an owl In the blue dark Tossed An indeterminate number Of carefully shaped sounds into The world, in […]


1. Welcome to the silly, comforting poem. It is not the sunrise, Which is a red rinse, Which is flaring […]


It is possible, I suppose that sometime We will learn everything There is to learn: what the world is, for […]

A Dream of Trees

There is a thing in me that dreamed of trees, A quiet house, some green and modest acres A little […]

The Lily

Night after night Darkness Enters the face Of the lily Which, lightly, Closes its five walls Around itself, And its […]


This morning Two mockingbirds In the green field Were spinning and tossing The white ribbons Of their songs Into the […]


In April The ponds open Like black blossoms, The moon Swims in every one; There’s fire Everywhere: frogs shouting Their […]

Aunt Leaf

Needing one, I invented her – The great-great-aunt dark as hickory Called Shining-Leaf, or Drifting-Cloud Or The-Beauty-of-the-Night. Dear aunt, I’d […]

Fall Song

Another year gone, leaving everywhere Its rich spiced residues: vines, leaves, The uneaten fruits crumbling damply In the shadows, unmattering […]

The Journey

One day you finally knew What you had to do, and began, Though the voices around you Kept shouting Their […]

The Fish

The first fish I ever caught Would not lie down Quiet in the pail But flailed and sucked At the […]


I have been thinking About living Like the lilies That blow in the fields. They rise and fall In the […]

Clapp’s Pond

Three miles through the woods Clapp’s Pond sprawls stone gray Among oaks and pines, The late winter fields Where a […]

A Letter from Home

She sends me news of blue jays, frost, Of stars and now the harvest moon That rides above the stricken […]


The oaks shone Gaunt gold On the lip Of the storm before The wind rose, The shapeless mouth Opened and […]

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