DECADE POEMS

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Way To Go

She was born in the hills
dotted with villages quiet and small.
Her village was breathtakingly beautiful
With a scenic landscape,
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C K Rawat

C K Rawat
Gone Not Forever

You gone?
Tell him to love you harder,
Never strike your head deeper,
Not walk away when you shout,
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Brian Dredan

Brian Dredan
Two Old Houses

Away from mismatched buildings which seems to go on above the 7th heaven with perfect shape and structure yet with poorest enlightenment, there is a pretty yet petty little small town at the edge of the waters.
Away from cold hearts handling warm coffee sitting in crisp winter air, there is a town with warm hearts handling cold coffee in peaceful summer air.
A bit too far away from here in that pretty little town, there is a street with perfect enlightenment and finally in that street, there stands two houses proudly facing each other since 1987.
One house Is bold white and the other one is dull black with same structure, same kind of tulips in their garden which sway slightly in the same air as they nod each other greetings in the morning.
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Riya Saluja

Riya Saluja
A Little Snow Was Here And There

1444

A little Snow was here and there
Disseminated in her Hair-
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
Nostalgia

Remember the 1340's? We were doing a dance called the Catapult.
You always wore brown, the color craze of the decade,
and I was draped in one of those capes that were popular,
the ones with unicorns and pomegranates in needlework.
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Billy Collins
The Angel-thief

TIME is a thief who leaves his tools behind him;
He comes by night, he vanishes at dawn;
We track his footsteps, but we never find him
Strong locks are broken, massive bolts are drawn,
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Oliver Wendell Holmes
September 1, 1939

I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
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W. H. Auden

W. H. Auden
Cotton Candy On A Rainy Day

Don't look now
I'm fading away
Into the gray of my mornings
Or the blues of every night
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Nikki Giovanni
Hugh Selwyn Mauberly (part I)

"Vocat aestus in umbram"
Nemesianus Es. IV.

E. P. Ode pour l'élection de son sépulchre
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Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound
The Voice Of Things

Forty Augusts - aye, and several more - ago,
When I paced the headlands loosed from dull employ,
The waves huzza'd like a multitude below
In the sway of an all-including joy
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Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy
Captain Craig Ii

Yet that ride had an end, as all rides have;
And the days coming after took the road
That all days take,-though never one of them
Went by but I got some good thought of it
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Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson
Pasa Thalassa Thalassa

“The sea is everywhere the sea.”

I

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Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson
Little Green Buttons

The honeymoon ended a decade ago,
If he still loves her he don't say so,
So she's taking her blues to the House af Tattoos,
Getting little green buttons on her birthday suit.
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Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein
Decade

When you came, you were like red wine and honey,
And the taste of you burnt my mouth with its sweetness.
Now you are like morning bread,
Smooth and pleasant.
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Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell
Belly Good

A heap of wheat, says the Song of Songs
but I've never seen wheat in a pile.
Apples, potatoes, cabbages, carrots
make lumpy stacks, but you are sleek
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Marge Piercy
A Hermit Thrush

Nothing's certain. Crossing, on this longest day,
the low-tide-uncovered isthmus, scrambling up
the scree-slope of what at high tide
will be again an island,
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Amy Clampitt
Eighty Not Out

In the gay, gleamy morn I adore to go walking,
And oh what sweet people I meet on my way!
I hail them with joy for I love to be talking,
Although I have nothing important to say.
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Robert Service

Robert Service
I've Dropped My Brain'my Soul Is Numb'

1046

I've dropped my Brain-My Soul is numb-
The Veins that used to run
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
The Shadows

'How many have gone?' was the question of old
Ere Time our bright ring of its jewels bereft;
Alas! for too often the death-bell has tolled,
And the question we ask is, 'How many are left?'
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Oliver Wendell Holmes
Cia Dope Calypso

In nineteen hundred forty-nine
China was won by Mao Tse-tung
Chiang Kai Shek's army ran away
They were waiting there in Thailand yesterday
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Allen Ginsberg
Eighty Not Out

In the gay, gleamy morn I adore to go walking,
And oh what sweet people I meet on my way!
I hail them with joy for I love to be talking,
Although I have nothing important to say.
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Robert William Service
Maud Muller Mutatur

In 1909 toilet goods were not considered a serious matter and no special department of the catalogs were devoted to it. A few perfumes and creams were scattered here and there among bargain goods.

In 1919 an assortment of perfumes that would rival any city department store is shown, along with six pages of other toilet articles, including rouge and eyebrow pencils.

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Franklin Pierce Adams
The Lion For Real

"Soyez muette pour moi, Idole contemplative..."


I came home and found a lion in my living room
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Allen Ginsberg
Joy To Have Merited The Pain

788

Joy to have merited the Pain-
To merit the Release-
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
Post Office Romance

The lady at the corner wicket
Sold me a stamp, I stooped to lick it,
And on the envelope to stick it;
A spinster lacking girlish grace,
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Robert Service

Robert Service
On His Eightieth Birthday

To my ninth decade I have tottered on,
And no soft arm bends now my steps to steady;
She, who once led me where she would, is gone,
So when he calls me, Death shall find me ready.
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Walter Savage Landor

Walter Savage Landor
Alf-s Sixth Bit

Let some new lying ass,
Who knows not what is or was,
Talk economics,
Pay for his witless noise,
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Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound
War Profit Litany

To Ezra Pound

These are the names of the companies that have made
money from this war
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Allen Ginsberg
Breathing-time

Peace, perfect peace. . . . Come, lay aside your gun.
The danger zone is past; the gauntlet run.
The bark of Scylla ceases on her shore,
And grim Charybdis threatens us no more.
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Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis
Wendell Phillips

WHAT shall we mourn? For the prostrate tree that sheltered the young green wood?
For the fallen cliff that fronted the sea, and guarded the fields from the flood?
For the eagle that died in the tempest, afar from its eyrie's brood?

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John Boyle O'reilly
What Are Big Girls Made Of?

bone and sinew
belly and breasts, elbows and liver and toe.
She is manufactured like a sports sedan.
She is retooled, refitted and redesigned
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Marge Piercy
The Road To Ruin

My hopes, my messengers I sent
Across the ten years continent
Of Time. In dream I saw them go--

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Siegfried Sassoon

Siegfried Sassoon
Post Office Romance

The lady at the corner wicket
Sold me a stamp, I stooped to lick it,
And on the envelope to stick it;
A spinster lacking girlish grace,
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Robert William Service
Dark Angel

I walked into the joint
of a thousand drinks,
delighted by my eyes
a black red attire
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Johnny Claps

Johnny Claps
The Religious Hypocrisy

Religion is religion
So stick to one,
If you are a traditionalist
stick to it,
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Jude Chukwuemeka Muoneke

Jude Chukwuemeka Muoneke
Bar A Home Of Peace

Many a home wrecked
Emotions at war
Homes in turmoil
Legs on his heels
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Jude Chukwuemeka Muoneke

Jude Chukwuemeka Muoneke
By The Pyramid I Fall

Flat on my face
Bones still intact, no cracks, no scratches
My face flat on the ground, lips kissing the rough sands at the bottom of the
pyramid
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Laurinda Mapurazi

Laurinda Mapurazi
How Soon Is Soon

Sooner will always be later
Waiting and wishing for time to run
Thinking that it gets closer with every passing breath.
The tapping of the fingers and the pounding of the heart.
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Taremwa Madelyne

Taremwa Madelyne
Entangled

Dear love,
Gulf is an indulgence;
It has entangled me in the past

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Keraita Stephen

Keraita Stephen
Dash Into Realism: Escape Pad From The Sixties

For one, street argot became tougher.
You had to distinguish between what you meant by calling someone a mother.
The Black Panther influence, no doubt, but a rejuvenation of the
language. Street fighting man. Butchery at My Lai.
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Paul Cameron Brown
Separation

HE

One decade and a half since first we came
With hearts aflame
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Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Sixties Hangover

"We have all been here before.
almost cut my hair;"
the refrain from Crosby, Stills. Nash & Young
reading more like a law firm letterhead than
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Paul Cameron Brown
Arabel

Twists of smoke rise from the limpness of jewelled fingers,
The softness of Persian rugs hushes the room.
Under a dragon lamp with a shade the color of coral
Sit the readers of poems one by one.
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Edgar Lee Masters

Edgar Lee Masters
Canada Before The Confederation Of The Provinces.

Canadian provinces they lay
Divided by river and by bay,
Many a separate division,
Among them there was no cohesion.
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James Mcintyre
Who Sees What I Think

Can you allow me to count?
All the things to my heart bring grunt
For it’s not just empty runts
When from them I hear just taunts
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Seke Bharu

Seke Bharu
Leave Alone

I said leave me alone poetry
Leave me like how I hate mockery
Detach away from me
Indulge me to get free
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Abubakar Mohammed Musa

Abubakar Mohammed Musa
City Johannesburg

As I path down these chartered streets of city Johannesburg. I most definitely feel the air curling
from the dead souls that wonder around. Sometimes you could visualize them moving with the piles of plastics lifting them above ground. A city with no sea filled with people who claim they see the truth for what it really is.
Yet become so busy during the course of the day they forget the sole purpose of life, to live.
Called upon as city of jewelry, it's crust open and left dried out of resources.
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Senzo Nene

Senzo Nene
Window Pain

Dripping drop of rain shadow my view.
While the fog turns the spectacles pail, It becomes
hard for me to see.although its been decades, I still remember the outside as if i have been
the fancy walks in suits rushing to the train station, A newspaper symbolized
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Senzo Nene

Senzo Nene
This Way To The Sixties: John Lennon's Death Five Years After

It was a red letter day and all within a decade, the sixties.

Psychadelic and all because the Electric Circus opened up
Walking Yonge Street in the December cold, aging
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Paul Cameron Brown
Chain Letter

I'm sitting in a "sixties bar." No put-on.
All around old Rolling Stones music is playing.
I can tell it's a sixties bar by the spiffy waiter recycling sheets for
tablecloths. The sixties was "into," environment.
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Paul Cameron Brown