GOSSIP POEMS

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African Sun

When I was four years old
My village mates and I
Used to gossip
About the African sun
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Ibrahim Bangura[cleffy]

Ibrahim Bangura[cleffy]
The Child World

The child world is a wondrous world,
For there the flags of hate are furled,
And there the imps of wickedness
Cause neither sorrow nor distress.
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Edgar Albert Guest

Edgar Albert Guest
Winsomity

Woman! when you told me we are birds of same feathers
You stole the chocolate from my heart
We almost bleed under your boobian chest
We almost render singspiration
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Saviour A Willie

Saviour A Willie
To A Bird At Dawn

O bird that somewhere yonder sings,
In the dim hour 'twixt dreams and dawn,
Lone in the hush of sleeping things,
In some sky sanctuary withdrawn;
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Richard Le Gallienne
The Traitors

Them with overhanging brows
Are the traitors to ourselves
Who hang with dauntless breast
And sail a ship of gossip
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Benjamin Chikezie

Benjamin Chikezie
My Last Afternoon With Uncle Devereux Winslow

1922: the stone porch of my Grandfatherâ??s summer house

I
â??I wonâ??t go with you. I want to stay with Grandpa!â?
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Robert Lowell
Parliament Hill Fields

ale as china
The round sky goes on minding its business.
Your absence is inconspicuous;
Nobody can tell what I lack.
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Sylvia Plath
Monk

Red robe is a wall,
Fencing there body, speech and mind,
Encircle from defilements,
Reminding to be always virtuous.
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Norbu Dorji

Norbu Dorji
Dear Deborah

They tell me that your heart
has been found in Iowa,
pumping along Interstate 35.
Do you want it back?
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Deborah Ager
Heyoka Wacipee, The Giant's Dance

The night-sun sails in his gold canoe,
The spirits walk in the realms of air
With their glowing faces and flaming hair,
And the shrill, chill winds o'er the prairies blow.
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Hanford Lennox Gordon
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I step across the mystic border-land,
And look upon the wonder-world of Art.
How beautiful, how beautiful its hills!
And all its valleys, how surpassing fair!
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Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Near Perigord

I
You'd have men's hearts up from the dust
And tell their secrets, Messire Cino,
Rigkt enough? Then read between the lines of Uc St. Circ,
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Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound
Jack Of The Tules

Shrewdly you question, Senor, and I fancy
You are no novice. Confess that to little
Of my poor gossip of Mission and Pueblo
You are a stranger!
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Bret Harte

Bret Harte
Possessions

They spent my life plotting against me.
With nothing to do but cultivate themselves,
but to be there, aligning their shadows,
they were planning to undo me,
.....

Ken Smith
The Lodger

I cannot
quite recall
When first he came,
So reticent and tall,
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Bliss Carman

Bliss Carman
Ruth

All is wellâ??in a prisonâ??to-night, and the warders are crying â??Allâ??s Well!â??
I must speak, for the sake of my heartâ??if itâ??s but to the walls of my cell.
For what does it matter to me if to-morrow I go where I will?
Iâ??m as free as I ever shall beâ??there is naught in my life to fulfil.
.....
Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson
After Rain

Today
I'd like to be a nun
And go and say
My rosary beneath the trees out there.
.....

Lesbia Harford
The Three Gossips' Wager

AS o'er their wine one day, three gossips sat,
Discoursing various pranks in pleasant chat,
Each had a loving friend, and two of these
Most clearly managed matters at their ease.
.....

Jean De La Fontaine
On An Apple-ripe September Morning

On an apple-ripe September morning
Through the mist-chill fields I went
With a pitch-fork on my shoulder
Less for use than for devilment.
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Patrick Kavanagh
Surgit Fama

There is a truce among the gods,
Kore is seen in the North
Skirting the blue-gray sea
In gilded and russet mantle.
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Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound
Mother Wept

Mother wept, and father sighâ??d;
With delight a-glow
Cried the lad, â??To-morrow,â? cried,
â??To the pit I go.â?
.....

Joseph Skipsey
Seals

I deliver a lecture
And pour out my soul,
Its full architecture,
All rounded and whole.
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Gamaliel Bradford
Delilah

We have another viceroy now, -- those days are dead and done
Of Delilah Aberyswith and depraved Ulysses Gunne.


.....
Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling
Sunrise

In my sleep I was fain of their fellowship, fain
Of the live-oak, the marsh, and the main.
The little green leaves would not let me alone in my sleep;
Up-breathed from the marshes, a message of range and of sweep,
.....
Sidney Lanier

Sidney Lanier
Charades

I.

She stood at Greenwich, motionless amid
The ever-shifting crowd of passengers.
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Charles Stuart Calverley
March

Over the dripping roofs and sunk snow-barrows,
The bells are ringing loud and strangely near,
The shout of children dins upon mine ear
Shrilly, and like a flight of silvery arrows
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Archibald Lampman
Fundamental Uses

The pair of lenses we have,
Focus on poor and disable one,
Relieve them with the extend of your capability,
Rather than looking at things which makes us attach.
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Norbu Dorji

Norbu Dorji
In Silence

She sees our faces bright and gay,
Our moving lips, our laughing eyes,
But scarce a word of what we say
Can pass the zone that round her lies;-
.....
John L. Stoddard

John L. Stoddard
The Lament Of Toby, The Learned Pig

Oh, heavy day! oh, day of woe!
To misery a poster,
Why was I ever farrowed, why
Not spitted for a roaster?
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Thomas Hood

Thomas Hood
Delight

Winter is fallen
On the wretched grass,
Dark winds have stolen
All the colour that was.
.....

John Freeman
Lamia

Part 1

Upon a time, before the faery broods
Drove Nymph and Satyr from the prosperous woods,
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John Keats

John Keats
Cadet Grey: Canto Ii

I

Where West Point crouches, and with lifted shield
Turns the whole river eastward through the pass;
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Bret Harte

Bret Harte
Uriel

(In memory of William Vaughn Moody)


I
.....
Percy Mackaye

Percy Mackaye
The Land Of Kisses

Where is the Land of Kisses,
Can you tell, tell, tell?
Ah, yes; I know its blisses
Very well!
.....
Isabella Valancy Crawford

Isabella Valancy Crawford
Cinderella

Her imaginary playmate was a grown-up
In sea-coal satin. The flame-blue glances,
The wings gauzy as the membrane that the ashes
Draw over an old ember --as the mother
.....

Randall Jarrell
Kilmore

Kilmore cares not who comes nigh.
But, with a calm, incurious eye,
She sees the swift cars speeding by,
Then turns again to labor.
.....

Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis
The Odyssey: Book 06

So here Ulysses slept, overcome by sleep and toil; but Minerva
went off to the country and city of the Phaecians-a people who used
to live in the fair town of Hypereia, near the lawless Cyclopes. Now
the Cyclopes were stronger than they and plundered them, so their king
.....

Homer
Crane

I KNOW you, Crane:
I, too, have waited,
Waited until my heart
Melted to little pools around my feet!
.....
Padraic Colum

Padraic Colum
Dear Deborah,

They tell me that your heart
has been found in Iowa,
pumping along Interstate 35.
Do you want it back?
.....

Deborah Ager
Fidelity

Being a shorty, as you see,
A bare five footer,
The why my wife is true to me
Is my six-shooter.
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Robert Service

Robert Service
Mamie

Mamie beat her head against the bars of a little Indiana
town and dreamed of romance and big things off
somewhere the way the railroad trains all ran.
She could see the smoke of the engines get lost down
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Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg
Doctor Frolic

Felicity the healer isnâ??t young
And you donâ??t look him up unless you need him.
Clownâ??s eyes, Popeâ??s nose, a mouth for dirty stories,
He made his bundle in the Great Depression
.....

Robert Pinsky
To My Old Schoolmaster

AN EPISTLE NOT AFTER THE MANNER OF HORACE

Old friend, kind friend! lightly down
Drop time's snow-flakes on thy crown!
.....
John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier
Pauline: Part Ii: Paul's History

“Captain, I hear the cheers. My soul is glad.
My days are numbered, but this glorious day-
Like some far beacon on a shadowy cape
That cheers at night the storm-belabored ships-
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Hanford Lennox Gordon
He Earned His Way

rose unto the bights of fame
And with the great men stood,
He heard the people cheer his name
And speak of him as good.
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Edgar Albert Guest

Edgar Albert Guest
Rantin, Rovin Robin

THERE 1 was a lad was born in Kyle,
But whatna day o' whatna style,
I doubt it's hardly worth the while
To be sae nice wi' Robin.
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Robert Burns

Robert Burns
Marmion: Introduction To Canto Vi.

Heap on more wood! the wind is chill;
But let it whistle as it will,
We'll keep our Christmas merry still.
Each age has deemed the new-born year
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Sir Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott
The Lost Letter

In the postoffice window was one broken pane;
In the wainscot there was one loosen'd board;
And conveniently near was the broad oaken table,
Where the mail from the bag had been pour'd,
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Henry Clay Work
A Pastoral Dialogue

DERMOT, SHEELAH

A Nymph and swain, Sheelah and Dermot hight;
Who wont to weed the court of Gosford knight;
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Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift
The Grandmother

I.
And Willy, my eldest-born, is gone, you say, little Anne?
Ruddy and white, and strong on his legs, he looks like a man.
And Willy's wife has written: she never was over-wise,
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Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson