English poetry

Poems in English

The Wish to be Generous

ALL that I serve will die, all my delights, The flesh kindled from my flesh, garden and field, The silent […]

Testament

1. Dear relatives and friends, when my last breath Grows large and free in air, don’t call it death A […]

A Warning To My Readers

Do not think me gentle Because I speak in praise Of gentleness, or elegant Because I honor the grace That […]

Ripening

The longer we are together The larger death grows around us. How many we know by now Who are dead! […]

Do not be ashamed

You will be walking some night In the comfortable dark of your yard And suddenly a great light will shine […]

Sabbaths 2001

I He wakes in darkness. All around Are sounds of stones shifting, locks Unlocking. As if some one had lifted […]

The Man Born to Farming

The Grower of Trees, the gardener, the man born to farming, Whose hands reach into the ground and sprout To […]

The Real Work

It may be that when we no longer know what to do We have come our real work, And that […]