English poetry

Poems in English

Quia Absurdum

Guard yourself from the terrible empty light of space, the bottomless Pool of the stars. (Expose yourself to it: you […]

Now Returned Home

Beyond the narrows of the Inner Hebrides We sailed the cold angry sea toward Barra, where Heaval mountain Lifts like […]

Wise Men In Their Bad Hours

Wise men in their bad hours have envied The little people making merry like grasshoppers In spots of sunlight, hardly […]

Contemplation Of The Sword

Reason will not decide at last; the sword will decide. The sword: an obsolete instrument of bronze or steel, formerly […]

Praise Life

This country least, but every inhabited country Is clotted with human anguish. Remember that at your feasts. And this is […]


The mad girl with the staring eyes and long white fingers Hooked in the stones of the wall, The storm-wrack […]

The Broken Balance

I. Reference to a Passage in Plutarch’s Life of Sulla The people buying and selling, consuming pleasures, talking in the […]

Ave Caesar

No bitterness: our ancestors did it. They were only ignorant and hopeful, they wanted freedom but wealth too. Their children […]


I had walked since dawn and lay down to rest on a bare hillside Above the ocean. I saw through […]

Hurt Hawks

I The broken pillar of the wing jags from the clotted shoulder, The wing trails like a banner in defeat, […]

Summer Holiday

When the sun shouts and people abound One thinks there were the ages of stone and the age of bronze […]

Time Of Disturbance

The best is, in war or faction or ordinary vindictive life, not to take sides. Leave it for children, and […]


There is a hawk that is picking the birds out of our sky, She killed the pigeons of peace and […]

The Maid’s Thought

Why listen, even the water is sobbing for something. The west wind is dead, the waves Forget to hate the […]

The Machine

The little biplane that has the river-meadow for landing-field And carries passengers brief rides, Buzzed overhead on the tender blue […]

The Eye

The Atlantic is a stormy moat; and the Mediterranean, The blue pool in the old garden, More than five thousand […]

Let Them Alone

If God has been good enough to give you a poet Then listen to him. But for God’s sake let […]

The Silent Shepherds

What’s the best life for a man? Never to have been born, sings the choros, and the next best Is […]

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