English poetry

Poems in English

The Hinterland

You speak to me, but does your speech With truest truth your thought convey? I listen to your words and […]

Oh, It Is Good

Oh, it is good to drink and sup, And then beside the kindly fire To smoke and heap the faggots […]

Old Boy Scout

A bonny bird I found today Mired in a melt of tar; Its silky breast was silver-grey, Its wings were […]

Work And Joy

Each day I live I thank the Lord I do the work I love; And in it find a rich […]


I used to sing, when I was young, The joy of idleness; But now I’m grey I hold my tongue, […]


Although I have a car of class, A limousine, I also have a jenny ass I call Titine. And if […]

The Goat And I

Each sunny day upon my way A goat I pass; He has a beard of silver grey, A bell of […]

The Harpy

There was a woman, and she was wise; woefully wise was she; She was old, so old, yet her years […]


“If you repent,” the Parson said,” Your sins will be forgiven. Aye, even on your dying bed You’re not too […]


His portrait hung upon the wall. Oh how at us he used to stare. Each Sunday when I made my […]

The Land God Forgot

The lonely sunsets flare forlorn Down valleys dreadly desolate; The lordly mountains soar in scorn As still as death, as […]

Tipperary Days

Oh, weren’t they the fine boys! You never saw the beat of them, Singing all together with their throats bronze-bare; […]

Reptiles And Roses

So crystal clear it is to me That when I die I cease to be, All else seems sheer stupidity. […]

While The Bannock Bakes

Light up your pipe again, old chum, and sit awhile with me; I’ve got to watch the bannock bake how […]

Violet De Vere

You’ve heard of Violet de Vere, strip-teaser of renown, Whose sitting-base out-faired the face of any girl in town; Well, […]

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