Ezra Pound Poems

  • 201.  
    Vex not thou the banker's mind
    (His what?) with a show of sense,Vex it not, Willie, his mind,
  • 202.  
    â??I am thy soul, Nikoptis. I have watched
    These five millennia, and thy dead eyesMoved not, nor ever answer my desire,
  • 203.  
    Let some new lying ass,
    Who knows not what is or was,Talk economics,
  • 204.  
    The phoenix are at play on their terrace.
    The phoenix are gone, the river Hows on alone.Flowers and grass
  • 205.  
    O woe, woe,
    People are born and die, We also shall be dead pretty soon
  • 206.  
    1
    The twisted rhombs ceased their clamour of accompaniment;The scorched laurel lay in the fire-dust;
  • 207.  
    .Light, light of my eyes, at an exceeding late hour I was wandering,
    And intoxicated,and no servant was leading me,
  • 208.  
    The sun rises in south east corner of things
    To look on the tall house of the ShinFor they have a daughter named Rafu,
  • 209.  
    Nine adulteries, 12 liaisons, 64 fornications and
    something approaching a rapeRest nightly upon the soul of our delicate friend
  • 210.  
    There is a truce among the gods,
    Kore is seen in the NorthSkirting the blue-gray sea
  • 211.  
    â??Tis Evanoe's,
    A house not made with hands,But out somewhere beyond the worldly ways
  • 212.  
    I had over prepared the event,
    that much was ominous.With middle-ageing care
  • 213.  
    The petals fall in the fountain,
    the orange-coloured rose-leaves,Their ochre clings to the stone.
  • 214.  
    I stood still and was a tree amid the wood,
    Knowing the truth of things unseen before;Of Daphne and the laurel bow
  • 215.  
    The small dogs look at the big dogs;
    They observe unwieldy dimensionsAnd curious imperfections of odor.
  • 216.  
    May I for my own self song's truth reckon,
    Journey's jargon, how I in harsh daysHardship endured oft.
  • 217.  
    After Li Po

  • 218.  
    See, they return; ah, see the tentative
    Movements, and the slow feet,The trouble in the pace and the uncertain
  • 219.  
    I would bathe myself in strangeness:
    These comforts heaped upon me, smother me!I burn, I scald so for the new,
  • 220.  
    Come, or the stellar tide will slip away.
    Eastward avoid the hour of its decline,Now! for the needle trembles in my soul!
  • 221.  
    O God, O Venus, O Mercury, patron of thieves,
    Give me in due time, I beseech you, a little tobacco-shop,With the little bright boxes
  • 222.  
    Come, let us pity those who are better off than we are.
    Come, my friend, and remember that the rich have butlers and no friends,
  • 223.  
    En robe de parade.
    Samain
  • 224.  
    All the while they were talking the new morality
    Her eyes explored me.And when I rose to go
  • 225.  
    As a bathtub lined with white porcelain,
    When the hot water gives out or goes tepid,So is the slow cooling of our chivalrous passion,
  • 226.  
    It is, and is not, I am sane enough,
    Since you have come this place has hovered round me,This fabrication built of autumn roses,
  • 227.  
    I am a grave poetic hen
    That lays poetic eggsAnd to enhance my temperament
  • 228.  
    O woe, woe,
    People are born and die,We also shall be dead pretty soon
  • 229.  
    When I behold how black, immortal ink
    Drips from my deathless pen-ah, well-away!Why should we stop at all for what I think?
  • 230.  
    LOQUITUR: En Bertans de Born.
    Dante Alighieri put this man in hell for that he was a stirrer up of strife.Eccovi!
  • 231.  
    O generation of the thoroughly smug
    and thoroughly uncomfortable,I have seen fishermen picnicking in the sun,
  • 232.  
    Your mind and you are our Sargasso Sea,
    London has swept about you this score yearsAnd bright ships left you this or that in fee:
  • 233.  
    Beautiful, tragical faces-
    Ye that were whole, and are so sunken;And, O ye vile, ye that might have been loved,
  • 234.  
    When I carefully consider the curious habits of dogs
    I am compelled to concludeThat man is the superior animal.
  • 235.  
    By the North Gate, the wind blows full of sand,
    Lonely from the beginning of time until now!Trees fall, the grass goes yellow with autumn.
  • 236.  
    Green arsenic smeared on an egg-white cloth,
    Crushed strawberries! Come, let us feast our eyes.
  • 237.  
    Go, my songs, seek your praise from the young
    and from the intolerant,Move among the lovers of perfection alone.
  • 238.  
    Empty are the ways,
    Empty are the ways of this landAnd the flowers
  • 239.  
    The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
    Petals on a wet, black bough.
  • 240.  
    No man hath dared to write this thing as yet,
    And yet I know, how that the souls of all men greatAt times pass athrough us,
  • 241.  
    Come, my songs, let us express our baser passions.
    Let us express our envy for the man with a steady job and no worry about the future.You are very idle, my songs,
  • 242.  
    You came in out of the night
    And there were flowers in your hand,Now you will come out of a confusion of people,
  • 243.  
    O Fan of white silk,
    clear as frost on the grass-blade,You also are laid aside.
  • 244.  
    Wal, Thanksgivin' do be comin' round.
    With the price of turkeys on the bound,And coal, by gum! Thet were just found,
  • 245.  
    O Chansons foregoing
    You were a seven days' wonder.When you came out in the magazines
  • 246.  
    For three years, out of key with his time,
    He strove to resuscitate the dead artOf poetry; to maintain “the sublime”
  • 247.  
    Go, dumb-born book,
    Tell her that sang me once that song of Lawes:Hadst thou but song
  • 248.  
    Italian Campagna 1309, the open road

  • 249.  
    For the seven lakes, and by no man these verses:
    Rain; empty river; a voyage,Fire from frozen cloud, heavy rain in the twilight
  • 250.  
    Kung walked
    by the dynastic templeand into the cedar grove,
Total 257 poems written by Ezra Pound

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Eight O’Clock
 by Sara Teasdale

Supper comes at five o'clock,
At six, the evening star,
My lover comes at eight o'clock -
But eight o'clock is far.

How could I bear my pain all day
Unless I watched to see
The clock-hands laboring to bring
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