JUMP POEMS

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The Doctor

I don't see why Pa likes him so,
And seems so glad to have him come;
He jabs my ribs and wants to know
If here and there it's hurting some.
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Edgar Albert Guest

Edgar Albert Guest
Harlem Hopscotch

One foot down, then hop! It's hot.
Good things for the ones that's got.
Another jump, now to the left.
Everybody for hisself.
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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
The Shadow Kitten

There's a funny little kitten that tries to look like me,
But though I'm round and fluffy, he's as flat as flat can be;
And when I try to mew to him he never makes a sound,
And when I jump into the air he never leaves the ground.
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Oliver Herford
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
The Open Steeplechase

I had ridden over hurdles up the country once or twice,
By the side of Snowy River with a horse they called 'The Ace'.
And we brought him down to Sydney, and our rider, Jimmy Rice,
Got a fall and broke his shoulder, so they nabbed me in a trice,
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Banjo Paterson
A Naughty Little Comet

There was a little comet who lived near the Milky Way!
She loved to wander out at night and jump about and play.

The mother of the comet was a very good old star;
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Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The Little Jumping Girls.

Jump jump jump
Jump away
From this town into
The next, to-day.
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Kate Greenaway
Cupid's Arrows

Pit where the buffalo cooled his hide,
By the hot sun emptied, and blistered and dried;
Log in the plume-grass, hidden and lone;
Bund where the earth-rat's mounds are strown;
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Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling
Trixie

Dogs have a sense beyond our ken-
At least my little Trixie had:
Tail-wagging when I laughed, and when
I sighed, eyes luminously sad.
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Robert Service

Robert Service
Ballad

A WONDERFUL age
Is now on the stage:
I'll sing you a song, if I can,
How modern Whigs,
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Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift
Fast Break

In Memory of Dennis Turner, 1946-1984


A hook shot kisses the rim and
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Edward Hirsch
Sonnet 044: If The Dull Substance Of My Flesh Were Thought

If the dull substance of my flesh were thought,
Injurious distance should not stop my way;
For then despite of space I would be brought,
From limits far remote, where thou dost stay.
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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare
Old Song

Tis a dull sight
To see the year dying,
When winter winds
Set the yellow wood sighing:
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Edward Fitzgerald
The Elder Brother.

Centrick, in London noise, and London follies,
Proud Covent Garden blooms, in smoky glory;
For chairmen, coffee-rooms, piazzas, dollies,
Cabbages, and comedians, fame'd in story!
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George Colman
Jump Cabling

When our cars touched
When you lifted the hood of mine
To see the intimate workings underneath,
When we were bound together
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Linda Pastan
Desire

The first time I saw you
I didn't really like you
For the reason that
I am afraid to love you
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Lynda

Lynda
The Song Of The Jellicles

Jellicle Cats come out tonight,
Jellicle Cats come one come all:
The Jellicle Moon is shining bright-
Jellicles come to the Jellicle Ball.
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T. S. Eliot

T. S. Eliot
Clothes

Walking back to the office after lunch,
I saw Hans. -Mister Isham, Mister Isham,�
He called out in his hurry, -Herr Wegner needs you.
A woman waiting for a border pass
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Edgar Bowers
A Background In Music

and not just twangy tunes that rhyme southern drawls
with guitar strings, though it's true i knew charlie pride
before charlie parker, but music, music, music, broadway
numbers (one! . . .) broadcast over speakers in the park,
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Evie Shockley
The Game Is Over (das Spiel Ist Aus)

My dear brother, when will we build a raft?
to float down the sky on??
My dear brother, soon our load will be so heavy?
that we'll sink.
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Ingeborg Bachmann
The Fear

They all ask me to jump
to invigorate and to play soccer,
to run, to swim and to fly.
Very well.
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Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda
Answering The Usual Questions

My name is Johnny Vincent Brown,
I live on Leicester Court,
My Pa's not here, he's gone downtown,
An' I am three feet short,
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Edgar Albert Guest

Edgar Albert Guest
A Confidence

Uncle John, he makes me tired;
Thinks ‘at he's jest so all-fired
Smart, ‘at he kin pick up, so,
Ever'thing he wants to know.
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Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar
Overheard By A Stream

Here is the pool, and there the waterfall;
This is the bank; keep out of sight, and crawl
Along the side to where that alder clump
Juts out. 'Twas there I saw a salmon jump,
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E. J. Pratt

E. J. Pratt
Craft

When, having finished, I shall move my armchair,
The page will gasp, awakened from the strain.
Delirious, she is half asleep at present,
Obedient to suspense and to the rain.
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Boris Pasternak

Boris Pasternak
But The Artist...

But the artist sat the nude model on the table and moved her legs apart. The girl hardly resisted and merely covered her face with her hands.

Amonova and Strakhova said that first the girl should have been taken off to the bathroom and washed between her legs, as any whiff of such an aroma was simply repulsive.
The girl wanted to jump up but the artist held her back and asked her to take no notice and sit there, just as he had placed her. The girl, not knowing what she was supposed to do, sat back down again.
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Daniil Ivanovich Kharms
The Brass-pot And Stone-jugg

A brazen Pot, by scouring vext,
With Beef and Pudding still perplext,
Resolv'd t' attempt a nobler Life,
Urging the Jugg to share the Strife:
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Anne Kingsmill Finch
Sonnet 44: If The Dull Substance Of My Flesh Were Thought

If the dull substance of my flesh were thought,
Injurious distance should not stop my way;
For then despite of space I would be brought,
From limits far remote, where thou dost stay.
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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare
Contrasts.

If yo've a fancy for a spree,
Goa up to Lundun, same as me,
Yo'll find ther's lots o' things to see,
To pleeas yo weel.
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John Hartley
Poeta Fit, Non Nascitur

“How shall I be a poet?
How shall I write in rhyme?
You told me once the very wish
Partook of the sublime:
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Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll
Halloween

Upon that night, when fairies light
On Cassilis Downans dance,
Or owre the lays, in splendid blaze,
On sprightly coursers prance;
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Robert Burns

Robert Burns
Unmasked

Was it a dream,
Or a whim of the night?
Or did they gleam
Upon my sight
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Madison Julius Cawein

Madison Julius Cawein
The Milk Jug

The Gentle Milk Jug blue and white
I love with all my soul,
She pours herself with all her might
To fill my breakfast bowl.
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Oliver Herford
The Shepherd's Calendar - August

Harvest approaches with its bustling day
The wheat tans brown and barley bleaches grey
In yellow garb the oat land intervenes
And tawney glooms the valley thronged with beans
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John Clare

John Clare
The Kelly Gang

Oh, Paddy dear, and did you hear
The news that's going round,
On the head of bold Ned Kelly
They have placed two thousand pound.
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Anonymous Oceania
The Amateur Rider

Him goin' to ride for us! Him -- with the pants and the eyeglass and all.
Amateur! don't he just look it -- it's twenty to one on a fall.
Boss must be gone off his head to be sending out steeplechase crack
Out over fences like these with an object like that on his back.
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Banjo Paterson
On The Gallows

There is a gate, we know full well,
That stands 'twixt Heaven, and Earth, and Hell,
Where many for a passage venture,
Yet very few are fond to enter:
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Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift
The Lady's Dressing Room

Five hours, (and who can do it less in?)
By haughty Celia spent in dressing;
The goddess from her chamber issues,
Arrayed in lace, brocades, and tissues.
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Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift
Hoops

Blue and pink sashes,
Criss-cross shoes,
Minna and Stella run out into the garden
To play at hoop.
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Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell
When De Co'n Pone's Hot

Dey is times in life when Nature
Seems to slip a cog an' go,
Jes' a-rattlin' down creation,
Lak an ocean's overflow;
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Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar
Kangaroo Power

NOW, Yankee inventors can beat a retreat,
And German professors may take a back seat,
For their colours weâ??re going to lower:
Theyâ??ve invented a wonderful plough in the West,
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Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson
Yet Dish

I
Put a sun in Sunday, Sunday.
Eleven please ten hoop. Hoop.
Cousin coarse in coarse in soap.
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Gertrude Stein
The Next War

You young friskies who today
Jump and fight in Father's hay
With bows and arrows and wooden spears,
Playing at Royal Welch Fusiliers,
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Robert Graves

Robert Graves
Isaac And Archibald

(To Mrs. Henry Richards)

Isaac and Archibald were two old men.
I knew them, and I may have laughed at them
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Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson
Jump Rope

There is menace
in its relentless course, round and round,
describing an ellipsoid,
an airy prison in which a young girl
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Connie Wanek
It's A Queer Time

It's hard to know if you're alive or dead
When steel and fire go roaring through your head.

One moment you'll be crouching at your gun
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Robert Graves

Robert Graves
Life Is Fine

I went down to the river,
I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn't,
So I jumped in and sank.
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Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes
I Call That True Love

You gotta wake up every mornin', tip toe in the
kitchen cook me great T-bone steak
Serve it to me in bed go down the street and hustle
bring me back all the money you make
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Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein
The Whitest Man I Know

& R. Fenton Gower


He's acruisin' in a pearler with a dirty nigger crew,
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John Milton Hayes
Chinamen Jump

At night Chinamen jump
on Asia with a thump
while in our willful way
we, in secret, play
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Frank O'hara