JEWEL POEMS

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A Valentine Gift

Your appearance alone
Is a bona-fide Valentine gift
Were I the one lucky man
To betroth this precious date
.....
Michael Aete

Michael Aete
Late October Woods

Clumped in the shadow of the beech,
In whose brown top the crows are loud,
Where, every side, great briers reach
And cling like hands, the beechdrops crowd
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Madison Julius Cawein

Madison Julius Cawein
Venus And Adonis

Even as the sun with purple-coloured face
Had ta'en his last leave of the weeping morn,
Rose-cheeked Adonis hied him to the chase;
Hunting he loved, but love he laughed to scorn.
.....
William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare
Poems For Piraye (9 To 10 O-clock Poems)

Remembering you is good
in prison
amid the news
of victory and death
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Nazim Hikmet
Hyla Brook

By June our brook's run out of song and speed.
Sought for much after that, it will be found
Either to have gone groping underground
(And taken with it all the Hyla breed
.....
Robert Frost

Robert Frost
Rich And Poor

By the castle-gate my lady stands,
Viewing broad acres and spreading lands.

Hill and valley and mead and plain
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Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The Belles Of Mauchline

IN Mauchline there dwells six proper young belles,
The pride of the place and its neighbourhood a';
Their carriage and dress, a stranger would guess,
In Lon'on or Paris, they'd gotten it a'.
.....
Robert Burns

Robert Burns
Lonely

Alone at night I stay
My love for her did sway
Ever since I saw her
I haven't an ear to hear
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Demetrius White

Demetrius White
Endymion: Book Iii

There are who lord it o'er their fellow-men
With most prevailing tinsel: who unpen
Their baaing vanities, to browse away
The comfortable green and juicy hay
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John Keats

John Keats
Loving And Liking - Irregular Verses - Addressed To A Child (by My Sister)

There's more in words than I can teach:
Yet listen, Child! I would not preach;
But only give some plain directions
To guide your speech and your affections.
.....
William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth
Endymion: Book Iv

Muse of my native land! loftiest Muse!
O first-born on the mountains! by the hues
Of heaven on the spiritual air begot:
Long didst thou sit alone in northern grot,
.....
John Keats

John Keats
Sonnet 027: Weary With Toil, I Haste Me To My Bed

Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed,
The dear respose for limbs with travel tirèd;
But then begins a journey in my head
To work my mind, when body's work's expirèd.
.....
William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare
The Relic

TOKEN Of friendship true and tried,
From one whose fiery heart of youth
With mine has beaten, side by side,
For Liberty and Truth;
.....
John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier
Oh Wert Thou In The Cauld Blast

Oh wert thou in the cauld blast,
On yonder lea, on yonder lea,
My plaidie to the angry airt,
I'd shelter thee, I'd shelter thee;
.....
Robert Burns

Robert Burns
The Birth Of Man

A Legend of the Talmud.

I.

.....
Emma Lazarus

Emma Lazarus
The Princes' Quest - Part The Fifth

So, being risen, the Prince in brief while went
Forth to the market-place, where babblement
Of them that bought and them that sold was one
Of many sounds in murmurous union-
.....

William Watson
The Great Carbuncle

We came over the moor-top
Through air streaming and green-lit,
Stone farms foundering in it,
Valleys of grass altering
.....

Sylvia Plath
A Toast

See this bowl of purple wine,
Life-blood of the lusty vine!
All the warmth of summer suns
In the vintage liquid runs,
.....
George Santayana

George Santayana
A Canvas For A Crust

Aye, Montecelli, that's the name.
You may have heard of him perhaps.
Yet though he never savoured fame,
Of those impressionistic chaps,
.....
Robert Service

Robert Service
Song-my Wife's A Winsome Wee Thing

Chorus.â??She is a winsome wee thing,
She is a handsome wee thing,
She is a lo'esome wee thing,
This dear wee wife o' mine.
.....
Robert Burns

Robert Burns
The Press

The Soldier may forget his Sword,
The Sailorman the Sea,
The Mason may forget the Word
And the Priest his Litany:
.....
Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling
The Song Of The Chattahoochee.

Out of the hills of Habersham,
Down the valleys of Hall,
I hurry amain to reach the plain,
Run the rapid and leap the fall,
.....
Sidney Lanier

Sidney Lanier
Enigmas

You've asked me what the lobster is weaving there with
his golden feet?
I reply, the ocean knows this.
You say, what is the ascidia waiting for in its transparent
.....
Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda
I Am Mad With Love

I am mad with love
And no one understands my plight.
Only the wounded
Understand the agonies of the wounded,
.....
Mirabai

Mirabai
An Alphabet

A is the Alphabet, A at its head;
A is an Antelope, agile to run.
B is the Baker Boy bringing the bread,
Or black Bear and brown Bear, both begging for bun.
.....
Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti
Bereaved

ONE day as I came down by Jarrow,
Engirt by a crowd on a stone,
A woman sat moaning, and sorrow
Seized all who took heed to her moan.
.....

Joseph Skipsey
Jersey

Dear Jersey! jewel jubilant and green,
'Midst surge that splits steel ships, but sings to thee!
Thou fav'rest Frenchmen, though from England seen,
Oft tearful to that mistress 'North Countree';
.....

Victor Marie Hugo
The Winsome Wee Thing.

I.

She is a winsome wee thing,
She is a handsome wee thing,
.....
Robert Burns

Robert Burns
The Fly

O hideous little bat, the size of snot,
With polyhedral eye and shabby clothes,
To populate the stinking cat you walk
The promontory of the dead manâ??s nose,
.....

Karl Shapiro
The Blue Scarf

Pale, with the blue of high zeniths, shimmered over with silver, brocaded
In smooth, running patterns, a soft stuff, with dark knotted fringes,
it lies there,
Warm from a woman's soft shoulders, and my fingers close on it, caressing.
.....
Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell
The Tour

With your bold
Gecko, the little flick!
All cogs, weird sparkle and every cog solid gold.
And I in slippers and housedress with no lipstick!
.....

Sylvia Plath
The Princes' Qust - Part The Fourth

That night he dreamed that over him there stole
A change miraculous, whereby his soul
Was parted from his body for a space,
And through a labyrinth of secret ways
.....

William Watson
Sunset

The weary wind is slumbering on the wing:
Leaping from out meek twilight's purpling blue
Burns the proud star of eve as though it knew
It was the big king jewel quivering
.....
Arthur Bayldon

Arthur Bayldon
The Law

The sun may be clouded, yet ever the sun
Will sweep on its course till the cycle is run.
And when onto chaos the systems are hurled,
Again shall the Builder reshape a new world.
.....
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
A Pedlar

Fine knacks for ladies! cheap, choice, brave, and new,
Good pennyworths-but money cannot move:
I keep a fair but for the Fair to view-
A beggar may be liberal of love.
.....

Anonymous
The Three Taverns

When the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us
as far as Appii Forum, and The Three Taverns.
(Acts 28:15)

.....
Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson
My Lady

You were the most important woman in my history
before the leaving of this year
you're now.the most impoertant woman
after the birth of this year
.....

Nizar Qabbani
Chapter Headings - The Naulahka

There was a strife 'twixt man and maid
Oh that was at the birth of time!
But what befall 'twixt man and maid,,
Oh that's beyond the grip of rhyme.
.....
Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling
The Gardener Ix: When I Go Alone At Night

When I go alone at night to my
love-tryst, birds do not sing, the wind
does not stir, the houses on both sides
of the street stand silent.
.....

Rabindranath Tagore
A Dedication

Take these rhymes into thy grace,
Since they are of thy begetting,
Lady, that dost make each place
Where thou art a jewel's setting.
.....
Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Ungrateful Sorrow

At dawn shey departed
My mind tried to console me -
' Everything is Maya'.
Angrily I replied:
.....

Rabindranath Tagore
Memorial

Your body was a sacred cell always,
A jewel that grew dull in garish light,
An opal which beneath my wondering gaze
Gleamed rarely, softly throbbing in the night.
.....

Claude Mckay
Sonnet (the Master And The Slave Go Hand In Hand)

The master and the slave go hand in hand,
Though touch be lost. The poet is a slave,
And there be kings do sorrowfully crave
The joyance that a scullion may command.
.....
Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson
The White Bull

Ev'ry dusk eye in Madrid,
Flash'd blue 'neath its lid;
As the cry and the clamour ran round,
“The king has been crown'd!
.....
Isabella Valancy Crawford

Isabella Valancy Crawford
Late Loved'well Loved

He stood beside her in the dawn
(And she his Dawn and she his Spring),
From her bright palm she fed her fawn,
Her swift eyes chased the swallow's wing:
.....
Isabella Valancy Crawford

Isabella Valancy Crawford
The Sphinx

(To Marcel Schwob in friendship and in admiration)

In a dim corner of my room for longer than
my fancy thinks
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Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
Guy Of The Temple

Down the dim West slow fails the stricken sun,
And from his hot face fades the crimson flush
Veiled in death's herald-shadows sick and gray.
Silent and dark the sombre valley lies
.....
John Hay

John Hay
The Young Lieutenant

The young lieutenant's face was grey.
As came the day.
The watchers saw it lifting white
And ghostlike from the pool of night.
.....

Edward George Dyson
The Ballad Of Pious Pete

“The North has got him.”-Yukonism.

I tried to refine that neighbor of mine, honest to God, I did.
I grieved for his fate, and early and late I watched over him like a kid.
.....
Robert Service

Robert Service
The Ballad Of The Battle Of Gibeon

Five kings rule o'er the Amorite,
Mighty as fear and old as night;
Swathed with unguent and gold and jewel,
Waxed they merry and fat and cruel.
.....
G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton