COSMOS POEMS

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Locksley Hall Sixty Years After

Late, my grandson! half the morning have I paced these sandy tracts,
Watch'd again the hollow ridges roaring into cataracts,

Wander'd back to living boyhood while I heard the curlews call,
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Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson
Depression In Early Spring

Meathooks, notebooks,
the whole city sky palely flaming
& spectral bombs
hitting that patch of river
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Erica Jong
Things I Didn't Know I Loved

it's 1962 March 28th
I'm sitting by the window on the Prague-Berlin train
night is falling
I never knew I liked
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Nazim Hikmet
The Simple Line

The secrets of the mind convene splendidly,
Though the mind is meek.
To be aware inwardly
of brain and beauty
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Laura (riding) Jackson
King's Cross Station

This circled cosmos whereof man is god
Has suns and stars of green and gold and red,
And cloudlands of great smoke, that range o'er range
Far floating, hide its iron heavens o'erhead.
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G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton
A Remonstrance With The Fair

There are thoughts that the mind cannot fathom,
The mind of the animal male;
But woman abundantly hath 'em,
And mostly her notions prevail.
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Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang
By Life Tormented

By life tormented, and by cunning hope,
When my soul surrenders in its battle with them,
Day and night I press my eyelids closed
And sometimes I'm vouchsafed peculiar visions.
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Afanasy Afanasyevich Fet
A Plan

Youth is the season of revolt; at twenty-five
We curse the reigning politicians,
Wondering that any man alive
Stands for such damnable conditions.
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Don Marquis

Don Marquis
Magnitudes

Earthâ??s Wrath at our assaults is slow to come
But relentless when it does. It has to do
With catastrophic change, and with the limit
At which one order more of Magnitude
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Howard Nemerov
Four Masks Appeared Then One Spirit

a mantel sphere clock

a key opening another universe than the one we live in

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Joseph Mayo Wristen
October

1
A smudge for the horizon
that, on a clear day, shows
the hard edge of hills and
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May Swenson
Thoughts On The Cosmos

I

I do not hold with him who thinks
The world is jonahed by a jinx;
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Franklin Pierce Adams
Star Drift

The glaring sun hath ceased to shine;
The solemn stars invade the sky;
Again the welcome night is mine,
Wherein to view the worlds on high;
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John L. Stoddard

John L. Stoddard
What The Last Evening Will Be Like

You're sitting at a small bay window
in an empty café by the sea.
It's nightfall, and the owner is locking up,
though you're still hunched over the radiator,
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Edward Hirsch
The Convert

After one moment when I bowed my head
And the whole world turned over and came upright,
And I came out where the old road shone white,
I walked the ways and heard what all men said,
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Daedalus And Icarus

Daedalus says:

Go on sonny but remember that you are walking and not flying
the wings are just an ornament and you are stepping on a meadow
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Zbigniew Herbert
Altiora Peto

O for a vision of the perfect light
To shame the splendour of the morning star!
O for a breath from out the Infinite
Where the great heart of Being throbs afar!
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George Essex Evans
Man Listening To Disc

This is not bad --
ambling along 44th Street
with Sonny Rollins for company,
his music flowing through the soft calipers
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Billy Collins
The Soul

Looking at the reflection,
in the mirror...
I ponder and ask myself,
Who am I?
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Tejaswini Mohanty

Tejaswini Mohanty
Cycles

The sorcerer departs . . . and his high tower is drowned
Slowly by low flat communal seas that level all . . .
While crowding centuries retreat, return and fall
Into the cyclic gulf that girds the cosmos round,
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Clark Ashton Smith
Finis

It seemed that from the west
The live red flame of sunset,
Eating the dead blue sky
And cold insensate peaks,
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Clark Ashton Smith
Eureka - A Prose Poem (an Essay On The Material And Spiritual Universe)

It is with humility really unassumed, it is with a sentiment even of awe, that I pen the opening sentence of this work: for of all conceivable subjects I approach the reader with the most solemn, the most comprehensive, the most difficult, the most august.

What terms shall I find sufficiently simple in their sublimity -- sufficiently sublime in their simplicity, for the mere enunciation of my theme?

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe
King's Cross Station

This circled cosmos whereof man is god
Has suns and stars of green and gold and red,
And cloudlands of great smoke, that range o'er range
Far floating, hide its iron heavens o'erhead.
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Ad Astra

Weary was I of Earth. My body lay,
Its fires turned down and slaked to faintest heat.
My soul went out into the night away
Where wing hath never beat.
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George Essex Evans
Villanelle: The Psychological Hour

I had over prepared the event,
that much was ominous.
With middle-ageing care
I had laid out just the right books.
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Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound
The Ape And God

Son put a poser up to me
That made me scratch my head:
“God made the whole wide world,” quoth he;
“That's right, my boy,” I said.
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Robert Service

Robert Service
For Louis Pasteur

How shall a generation know its story
If it will know no other? When, among
The scoffers at the Institute, Pasteur
Heard one deny the cause of child-birth fever,
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Edgar Bowers
Malcolm's Katie: A Love Story: Part Ii

The South Wind laid his moccasins aside,
Broke his gay calumet of flow'rs, and cast
His useless wampun, beaded with cool dews,
Far from him, northward; his long, ruddy spear
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Isabella Valancy Crawford

Isabella Valancy Crawford
Happy Dust

For Margot


Snow that fallest from heaven, bear me aloft on thy wings
.....
Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley
Book I - Part 01 - Proem

Mother of Rome, delight of Gods and men,
Dear Venus that beneath the gliding stars
Makest to teem the many-voyaged main
And fruitful lands- for all of living things
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Lucretius
The Ape And God

Son put a poser up to me
That made me scratch my head:
"God made the whole wide world," quoth he;
"That's right, my boy," I said.
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Robert William Service
Nothing Stays Put

In memory of Father Flye, 1884-1985


The strange and wonderful are too much with us.
.....

Amy Clampitt
Poetry (sonnet)

The lifeâ??s chance and creative spirit
United painfully in you,
And midst the beautyâ??s hitting views
Thereâ??s not so airy and exquisiteâ?¦
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Innokenty Fedorovich Annensky
The Living

Wondrous ignorant blindfold convenient,
beauteous ideal woven lenient.
Instituted wayward thinking,
availing woes spirits sinking.
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Robert Rittel

Robert Rittel
Corona Of The Sun And Moon

Eclipses are rare
Stars shoot not often

Blood moon shading
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Hugo-victor Barine

Hugo-victor Barine
Allegory Of Soul

The cosmos sees itself through the individual eye,
creating space from limited believes not shy.
Whispering firmament reflecting source consenting dreamer,
detached magnification of a rhetoric believer.
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Robert Rittel

Robert Rittel
The Astral Clocktower

The night looms,
gloomy and grotesque.
The chants of the Dogma,
piercing through the impenetrable skies,
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Abhishek .

Abhishek .
How I Met My Love

As I lay happy and gay
The train of thoughts arrived from a bay
Whilst the train was unloaded, 
Grief, self doubt and misery paid a surprise unpleasant visit,
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Amrutha Varshini

Amrutha Varshini
Tycho Brake

I


They thought him a magician, Tycho Brahe,
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Alfred Noyes

Alfred Noyes
Cosmos

Who saw the hid beginnings
When Chaos and Order strove,
Or who can date the morning.
The purple flaming of love?
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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Refresher Course

And he told them "the universe is a ripe apple in heavenly
consummation with Newtonian physics".
Comparisons grew rife with planets in the cosmos measured
against all the grains of sand on all the beaches of the world.
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Paul Cameron Brown
To The Tripper

My dear Sir, or Madam, -
When James Watt,
Or some such person,
Had the luck
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Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
Kublai Khan

The Japanese are coming! Now there's a fresh twist
and just when Pearl Harbor seemed poised to become
another Asiamerindian household word amid
electronics, megavision and technological hoopla.
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Paul Cameron Brown
Imagistic

There in the cosmos -
white dwarfs launch a black rooftop
imagistic, clean as a pantry,
the twilight roads with ledges lean
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Paul Cameron Brown
Love For God

when i know that
i sleep in peaceful rest
the place is secured
love is full galore
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Kirt Rik

Kirt Rik
The Pre-existence Of My Love

I pre-existed in an incredibly remote place outside the universe,
Love was with me, and I was an element of love.
The heavenly realm witnessed the pre-existence of my love.
My love lived on in a state of inertia for aeons
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Marlon Pitter

Marlon Pitter
In The Signs Of The Maker

I will press the brain to walk
The eyes will rise to observe
And the pen will be made to talk
So the task ends not in a swerve
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Kehinde Bashir Akinola

Kehinde Bashir Akinola
Slice Of The Crescent

*SLICE OF THE CRESCENT*

TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Slice of the crescent
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Paciolo Pen Saint

Paciolo Pen Saint
Cosmos

The strings play with two
The sky is no longer blue
The fate will not ask you
And death gets closer too
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Milad Makhos

Milad Makhos
The Convert

After one moment when I bowed my head
And the whole world turned over and came upright,
And I came out where the old road shone white,
I walked the ways and heard what all men said,
.....
G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton