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 […]

On Winter’s Margin

On winter’s margin, see the small birds now With half-forged memories come flocking home To gardens famous for their charity. […]

Cold Poem

Cold now. Close to the edge. Almost Unbearable. Clouds Bunch up and boil down From the north of the white […]

Starlings in Winter

Chunky and noisy, But with stars in their black feathers, They spring from the telephone wire And instantly They are […]

The Sun

Have you ever seen Anything In your life More wonderful Than the way the sun, Every evening, Relaxed and easy, […]

The Lark

And I have seen, At dawn, The lark Spin out of the long grass And into the pink air – […]

Song of the Builders

On a summer morning I sat down On a hillside To think about God – A worthy pastime. Near me, […]


He picks his pond, and the soft thicket of his world. He bids his lady come, and she does, Flirting […]

Beyond the Snow Belt

Over the local stations, one by one, Announcers list disasters like dark poems That always happen in the skull of […]

When Death Comes

When death comes Like the hungry bear in autumn; When death comes and takes all the bright coins from his […]


When the blackberries hang Swollen in the woods, in the brambles Nobody owns, I spend All day among the high […]

Stanley Kunitz

I used to imagine him Coming from his house, like Merlin Strolling with important gestures Through the garden Where everything […]

The Truro Bear

There’s a bear in the Truro woods. People have seen it – three or four, Or two, or one. I […]

Climbing The Chagrin River

We enter The green river, Heron harbor, Mud-basin lined With snagheaps, where turtles Sun themselves we push Through the falling […]

The Chance To Love Everything

All summer I made friends With the creatures nearby – They flowed through the fields And under the tent walls, […]

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