NIGHTMARE POEMS

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Joyful Heart

Oh joyful heart!
On the highest wing, you soar,
Building your nest in the
heart of men
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Steve Anc

Steve Anc
There Is A Place For You

Stardom is for all
Not a royal seat
A place for all ages
How long it takes
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Ola Olawale

Ola Olawale
True Self: Living Bipolar

It looks like you've been smiling for too long,
Can't control your own self,
People don't know who you really are,
Cause you are different when it comes to the outside world,
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Richmond Gellez

Richmond Gellez
Regret

I am suicidal
But I don't want to die
I don't want to cry
But I cause myself pain
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The Real Hypnotic

The Real Hypnotic
A Room

One day to me in my dim room, a dream.

Three days later, a nightmare

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Adnan Shafi

Adnan Shafi
In Memory Of W.b. Yeats

I

He disappeared in the dead of winter:
The brooks were frozen, the airports almost deserted,
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W. H. Auden

W. H. Auden
In Spite Of War

In spite of war, in spite of death,
In spite of all man's sufferings,
Something within me laughs and sings
And I must praise with all my breath.
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Angela Morgan
Caged Bird

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
Snow

The three stood listening to a fresh access
Of wind that caught against the house a moment,
Gulped snow, and then blew free again-the Coles
Dressed, but dishevelled from some hours of sleep,
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Robert Frost

Robert Frost
While Someone Telephones

Wasted, wasted minutes that couldn't be worse,
minutes of a barbaric condescension.
--Stare out the bathroom window at the fir-trees,
at their dark needles, accretions to no purpose
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Elizabeth Bishop
Goodbye To Tolerance

Genial poets, pink-faced
earnest witsâ??
you have given the world
some choice morsels,
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Denise Levertov
Nightmare

The people's conscience squats
on a worm-eaten pole.
Around the pole dance the bones of three children.
From the young mother's belly it ruptures forth:
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Ernst Toller
Tamar

I
A night the half-moon was like a dancing-girl,
No, like a drunkard's last half-dollar
Shoved on the polished bar of the eastern hill-range,
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Robinson Jeffers
The Void

Pascal had his Void that went with him day and night.
- Alas! Itâ??s all Abyss, - action, longing, dream,
the Word! And I feel Panicâ??s storm-wind stream
through my hair, and make it stand upright.
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Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire
Moonset

Past seven o'clock: time to be gone;
Twelfth-night's over and dawn shivering up:
A hasty cut of the loaf, a steaming cup,
Down to the door, and there is Coachman John.
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Henry Newbolt

Henry Newbolt
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

A free bird leaps on the back
Of the wind and floats downstream
Till the current ends and dips his wing
In the orange suns rays
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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
Footfalls

The embers were blinking and clinking away,
The casement half open was thrown;
There was nothing but cloud on the skirts of the Day,
And I sat on the threshold alone!
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Henry Kendall
The Two

You are the town and we are the clock.
We are the guardians of the gate in the rock.
The Two.
On your left and on your right
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W. H. Auden

W. H. Auden
The Fathers

Our fathers all were poor,
Poorer our fathers' fathers;
Beyond, we dare not look.
We, the sons, keep store
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Edwin Muir
The Second Coming

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
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William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats
The Sun Wields Mercy

and the sun wields mercy
but like a jet torch carried to high,
and the jets whip across its sight
and rockets leap like toads,
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Charles Bukowski
Robinson

The dog stops barking after Robinson has gone.
His act is over. The world is a gray world,
Not without violence, and he kicks under the grand piano,
The nightmare chase well under way.
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Weldon Kees
A Letter

'TIS over, Moses! All is lost!
I hear the bells a-ringing;
Of Pharaoh and his Red Sea host
I hear the Free-Wills singing.*
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John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier
At Delphi

I
Apollo! Apollo! Apollo!

II
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Alfred Austin
Freedom Of Heart

Letting go held the relief I was afraid to feel, Readily held onto the sufferings on my own will.

Too naive to understand what was it all about, Loving someone seemed fascinating, without any doubt.

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Anushka Jade

Anushka Jade
The Dirge Of Wallace

When Scotland's great Regent, our warrior most dear,
The debt of his nature did pay,
T' was Edward, the cruel, had reason to fear,
And cause to be struck with dismay.
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Thomas Campbell
Totem

All Souls' over, the roast seeds eaten, I set
on a backporch post our sculpted pumpkin
under the weather, warm still for November.
Night and day it gapes in at us
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Eamon Grennan
1919

Before the threat
And dismal cold gray
of mourning
Came the sun.
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Anonymous Americas
Pearls Of Soul

In the still of the night,
My mind was so confused and sad,
I closed my eyes and start to cry,
When you were hurting me with hard words.
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Cristina Teodor

Cristina Teodor
The Rock Cries Out To Us Today

A Rock, A River, A Tree
Hosts to species long since departed,
Mark the mastodon.
The dinosaur, who left dry tokens
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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
Early Adieux

Adieu to kindred hearts and home,
To pleasure, joy, and mirth,
A fitter foot than mine to roam
Could scarcely tread the earth;
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Adam Lindsay Gordon

Adam Lindsay Gordon
Xxxvi: Revolution

West and away the wheels of darkness roll,
Day's beamy banner up the east is borne,
Spectres and fears, the nightmare and her foal,
Drown in the golden deluge of the morn.
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Alfred Edward Housman
The Devil's Race-horse

Devil's Race-Horse seems to me
Strangest thing I ever saw:
Up in our old maple-tree
They're at home; stand rearingly,
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Madison Julius Cawein

Madison Julius Cawein
A Nightmare

I dreamed that I was dead. The years went by:
The world forgot that such a man as I
Had ever lived and written: other names
Were hailed with homage, in their turn to die.
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Ambrose Bierce
The Black Knight

I had not found the road too short,
As once I had in days of youth,
In that old forest of long ruth,
Where my young knighthood broke its heart,
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Madison Julius Cawein

Madison Julius Cawein
Largo E Mesto

Out of the poisonous East,
Over a continent of blight,
Like a maleficent Influence released
From the most squalid cellarage of hell,
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William Ernest Henley

William Ernest Henley
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
Autumn Sunshine

The sun sets out the autumn crocuses
And fills them up a pouring measure
Of death-producing wine, till treasure
Runs waste down their chalices.
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D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence
A Child's Nightmare

Through long nursery nights he stood
By my bed unwearying,
Loomed gigantic, formless, queer,
Purring in my haunted ear
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Robert Graves

Robert Graves
The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

Part I

It is an ancient Mariner,
And he stoppeth one of three.
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Insomnia I

Some nights it's bound to be your best way out,
When nightmare is the short end of the stick,
When sleep is a part of town where it's not safe
To walk at night, when waking is the only way
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Howard Nemerov
Morte D'arthur

So all day long the noise of battle roll'd
Among the mountains by the winter sea;
Until King Arthur's table, man by man,
Had fallen in Lyonnesse about their Lord,
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Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson
As I Walked Out One Evening

As I walked out one evening,
Walking down Bristol Street,
The crowds upon the pavement
Were fields of harvest wheat.
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W. H. Auden

W. H. Auden
A Child's Nightmare

Through long nursery nights he stood
By my bed unwearying,
Loomed gigantic, formless, queer,
Purring in my haunted ear
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Robert Graves

Robert Graves
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
Half Nightmare

HALF NIGHTMARE

I think I had a lamp
In my dream
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Mbam Abraham Izuchukwu

Mbam Abraham Izuchukwu
The Lonesome Little Shoe

The clock was in ill humor; so was the vase. It was all on account of the little shoe that had been placed on the mantel-piece that day, and had done nothing but sigh dolorously all the afternoon and evening.

"Look you here, neighbor," quoth the clock, in petulant tones, "you are sadly mistaken if you think you will be permitted to disturb our peace and harmony with your constant sighs and groans. If you are ill, pray let us know; otherwise, have done with your manifestations of distress."

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Eugene Field

Eugene Field
Sword Blades And Poppy Seed

A drifting, April, twilight sky,
A wind which blew the puddles dry,
And slapped the river into waves
That ran and hid among the staves
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Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell
The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner

From my mother's sleep I fell into the State,
And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze.
Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life,
I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters.
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Randall Jarrell
Deception

The world is but a crumbling place,
And we say we fear demise,
You poison yourself with each breath,
While you try to stay alive.
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Insiya Patanwala

Insiya Patanwala