English poetry

Poems in English

To Earthward

Love at the lips was touch As sweet as I could bear; And once that seemed too much; I lived […]

After Apple-Picking

My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree Toward heaven still, And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill Beside […]

Into My Own

One of my wishes is that those dark trees, So old and firm they scarcely show the breeze, Were not, […]

The Trial by Existence

Even the bravest that are slain Shall not dissemble their surprise On waking to find valor reign, Even as on […]


No ship of all that under sail or steam Have gathered people to us more and more But Pilgrim-manned the […]

Love and a Question

A stranger came to the door at eve, And he spoke the bridegroom fair. He bore a green-white stick in […]

Spring Pools

These pools that, though in forests, still reflect The total sky almost without defect, And like the flowers beside them, […]

Canis Major

The great Overdog That heavenly beast With a star in one eye Gives a leap in the east. He dances […]

The Valley’s Singing Day

The sound of the closing outside door was all. You made no sound in the grass with your footfall, As […]

The Oven Bird

There is a singer everyone has heard, Loud, a mid-summer and a mid-wood bird, Who makes the solid tree trunks […]

Meeting and Passing

As I went down the hill along the wall There was a gate I had leaned at for the view […]

A Hundred Collars

Lancaster bore him such a little town, Such a great man. It doesn’t see him often Of late years, though […]

Fragmentary Blue

Why make so much of fragmentary blue In here and there a bird, or butterfly, Or flower, or wearing-stone, or […]

I Will Sing You One-O

It was long I lay Awake that night Wishing that night Would name the hour And tell me whether To […]


The rain to the wind said, ‘You push and I’ll pelt.’ They so smote the garden bed That the flowers […]

Not To Keep

They sent him back to her. The letter came Saying… And she could have him. And before She could be […]


The surest thing there is is we are riders, And though none too successful at it, guiders, Through everything presented, […]


We make ourselves a place apart Behind light words that tease and flout, But oh, the agitated hear Till someone […]


“You ought to have seen what I saw on my way To the village, through Mortenson’s pasture to-day: Blueberries as […]

Blue-Butterfly Day

It is blue-butterfly day here in spring, And with these sky-flakes down in flurry on flurry There is more unmixed […]

My Butterfly

Thine emulous fond flowers are dead, too, And the daft sun-assaulter, he That frightened thee so oft, is fled or […]

A Winter Eden

A winter garden in an alder swamp, Where conies now come out to sun and romp, As near a paradise […]


Afield at dusk What things for dream there are when specter-like, Moving amond tall haycocks lightly piled, I enter alone […]

On Going Unnoticed

As vain to raise a voice as a sigh In the tumult of free leaves on high. What are you […]

In Hardwood Groves

The same leaves over and over again! They fall from giving shade above To make one texture of faded brown […]

The Freedom of the Moon

I’ve tried the new moon tilted in the air Above a hazy tree-and-farmhouse cluster As you might try a jewel […]

Two Look at Two

Love and forgetting might have carried them A little further up the mountain side With night so near, but not […]

The Armful

For every parcel I stoop down to seize I lose some other off my arms and knees, And the whole […]

The Runaway

Once when the snow of the year was beginning to fall, We stopped by a mountain pasture to say ‘Whose […]

The Rose Family

The rose is a rose, And was always a rose. But the theory now goes That the apple’s a rose, […]

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