English poetry

Poems in English

Dreamers

Soldiers are citizens of death’s gray land, Drawing no dividend from time’s to-morrows. In the great hour of destiny they […]

Elegy

Your dextrous wit will haunt us long Wounding our grief with yesterday. Your laughter is a broken song; And death […]

Lamentations

I found him in the guard-room at the Base. From the blind darkness I had heard his crying And blundered […]

I Stood With the Dead

I Stood with the Dead, so forsaken and still: When dawn was grey I stood with the Dead. And my […]

The Old Huntsman

I’ve never ceased to curse the day I signed A seven years’ bargain for the Golden Fleece. ‘Twas a bad […]

Before Day

Come in this hour to set my spirit free When earth is no more mine though night goes out, And […]

Tree and Sky

Let my soul, a shining tree, Silver branches lift towards thee, Where on a hallowed winter’s night The clear-eyed angels […]

Alone

I’ve listened: and all the sounds I heard Were music,-wind, and stream, and bird. With youth who sang from hill […]

The Fathers

Snug at the club two fathers sat, Gross, goggle-eyed, and full of chat. One of them said: ‘My eldest lad […]

The Dragon & The Undying

All night the flares go up; the Dragon sings And beats upon the dark with furious wings; And, stung to […]

The Tombstone-Maker

He primmed his loose red mouth and leaned his head Against a sorrowing angel’s breast, and said: ‘You’d think so […]

Wirers

‘Pass it along, the wiring party’s going out’- And yawning sentries mumble, ‘Wirers going out.’ Unravelling; twisting; hammering stakes with […]

Joy-Bells

Ring your sweet bells; but let them be farewells To the green-vista’d gladness of the past That changed us into […]

Remorse

Lost in the swamp and welter of the pit, He flounders off the duck-boards; only he knows Each flash and […]

Hero

‘Jack fell as he’d have wished,’ the Mother said, And folded up the letter that she’d read. ‘The Colonel writes […]

Two Hundred Years After

Trudging by Corbie Ridge one winter’s night, (Unless old hearsay memories tricked his sight) Along the pallid edge of the […]

Golgotha

Through darkness curves a spume of falling flares That flood the field with shallow, blanching light. The huddled sentry stares […]

Does It Matter?

Does it matter?-losing your legs? For people will always be kind, And you need not show that you mind When […]

The Effect

‘The effect of our bombardment was terrific. One man told me he had never seen so many dead before.’ -War […]

Memorial Tablet

Squire nagged and bullied till I went to fight, (Under Lord Derby’s Scheme). I died in hell – (They called […]

Devotion to Duty

I was near the King that day. I saw him snatch And briskly scan the G. H. Q. dispatch. Thick-voiced, […]

Battalion-Relief

‘FALL in! Now get a move on.’ (Curse the rain.) We splash away along the straggling village, Out to the […]

Companions

Leave not your bough, my slender song-bird sweet, But pipe me now your roundelay complete. Come, gentle breeze, and tarrying […]

Attack

AT dawn the ridge emerges massed and dun In the wild purple of the glow’ring sun, Smouldering through spouts of […]

Today

This is To-day, a child in white and blue Running to meet me out of Night who stilled The ghost […]

Arcady Unheeding

Shepherds go whistling on their way In the spring season of the year; One watches weather-signs of day; One of […]

The Last Meeting

I Because the night was falling warm and still Upon a golden day at April’s end, I thought; I will […]

A Subaltern

He turned to me with his kind, sleepy gaze And fresh face slowly brightening to the grin That sets my […]

Miracles

I dreamt I saw a huge grey boat in silence steaming Down a canal; it drew the dizzy landscape after; […]

Glory Of Women

You love us when we’re heroes, home on leave, Or wounded in a mentionable place. You worship decorations; you believe […]

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