English poetry

Poems in English

Squash in Blossom

How lush, how loose, the uninhibited squash is. If ever hearts (and these immoderate leaves Are vegetable hearts) were worn […]

In Memoriam: Four Poets

1 Searock his tower above the sea, Searock he built, not ivory. Searock as well his haunted art Who gave […]

New England Mind

My mind matches this understand land. Outdoors the pencilled tree, the wind-carved drift, Indoors the constant fire, the careful thrift […]

Catch

Two boys uncoached are tossing a poem together, Overhand, underhand, backhand, sleight of hand, everyhand, Teasing with attitudes, latitudes, interludes, […]

Sheep

From where I stand the sheep stand still As stones against the stony hill. The stones are gray And so […]

Symbol

The winter apples have been picked, the garden turned. Rain and wind have picked the maple leaves and gone. The […]

Return

This little house sows the degrees By which wood can return to trees. Weather has stained the shingles dark And […]

Silent Poem

backroad leafmold stonewall chipmunk Underbrush grapevine woodchuck shadblow Woodsmoke cowbarn honeysuckle woodpile Sawhorse bucksaw outhouse wellsweep Backdoor flagstone bulkhead buttermilk […]

Thoreau in Italy

Lingo of birds was easier than lingo of peasants- They were elusive, though, the birds, for excellent reasons. He thought […]

Waxwings

Four Tao philosophers as cedar waxwings Chat on a February berry bush In sun, and I am one. Such merriment […]

Encounter

Those who have touched it or been touched by it Or brushed by something that the vine has brushed, Or […]

Blue Winter

Winter uses all the blues there are. One shade of blue for water, one for ice, Another blue for shadows […]

Fair And Unfair

The beautiful is fair. The just is fair. Yet one is commonplace and one is rare, One everywhere, one scarcely […]

The Bulldozer

Bull by day And dozes by night. Would that the bulldozer Dozed all the time Would that the bulldozer Would […]

On a Theme by Frost

Amherst never had a witch O Coos or of Grafton But once upon a time There were three old women. […]

Summons

Keep me from going to sleep too soon Or if I go to sleep too soon Come wake me up. […]

Farm Boy After Summer

A seated statue of himself he seems. A bronze slowness becomes him. Patently The page he contemplates he doesn’t see. […]

Glass

Words of a poem should be glass But glass so simple-subtle its shape Is nothing but the shape of what […]

Hallelujah: A Sestina

A wind’s word, the Hebrew Hallelujah. I wonder they never gave it to a boy (Hal for short) boy with […]