English poetry

Poems in English

On Living

I Living is no laughing matter: you must live with great seriousness like a squirrel, for example I mean without […]

Gioconda And Si-Ya-U

to the memory of my friend SI-YA-U, whose head was cut off in Shanghai A CLAIM Renowned Leonardo’s World-famous “La […]

Don Quixote

The knight of immortal youth At the age of fifty found his mind in his heart And on July morning […]

Regarding Art

Sometimes, I, too, tell the ah’s Of my heart one by one Like the blood-red beads Of a ruby rosary […]

About My Poetry

I have no silver-saddled horse to ride, No inheritance to live on, Neither riches no real-estate A pot of honey […]

Our Eyes

Our eyes are limpid drops of water. In each drop exists a tiny sign of our genius Which has given […]

Angina Pectoris

If half my heart is here, doctor, the other half is in China With the army flowing toward the Yellow […]


I was born in 1902 I never once went back to my birthplace I don’t like to turn back At […]

Optimistic Man

as a child he never plucked the wings off flies He didn’t tie tin cans to cats’ tails Or lock […]

A Sad State Of Freedom

You waste the attention of your eyes, The glittering labour of your hands, And knead the dough enough for dozens […]

Last Will And Testament

Comrades, if I don’t live to see the day I mean, if I die before freedom comes Take me away […]

Hymn To Life

The hair falling on your forehead suddenly lifted. Suddenly something stirred on the ground. The trees are whispering in the […]

Letter To My Wife

11-11-1933 Bursa Prison My one and only! Your last letter says: “My head is throbbing, my heart is stunned!” You […]

It’s This Way

I stand in the advancing light, My hands hungry, the world beautiful. My eyes can’t get enough of the trees […]

Lion In An Iron Cage

Look at the lion in the iron cage, Look deep into his eyes: like two naked steel daggers they sparkle […]

Today Is Sunday

Today is Sunday. For the first time they took me out into the sun today. And for the first time […]

The Strangest Creature On Earth

You’re like a scorpion, my brother, You live in cowardly darkness like a scorpion. You’re like a sparrow, my brother, […]