SERENITY POEMS

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Stuck In Between

The fine shades colliding with green
Just stuck in time, serenity in between.
Chills in the morning sun, a smiling
Day laughing back to my screen
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Az Mo

Az Mo
Success

You ask me what I call Success-
It is, I wonder, Happiness?

It is not wealth, it is not fame,
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Robert Service

Robert Service
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
Elegy X

That some day, emerging at last from the terrifying vision
I may burst into jubilant praise to assenting angels!
That of the clear-struck keys of the heart not one may fail
to sound because of a loose, doubtful or broken string!
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Rainer Maria Rilke
The Iliad Of Homer: Translated Into English Blank Verse: Book I.

Argument Of The First Book.


The book opens with an account of a pestilence that prevailed in the Grecian camp, and the cause of it is assigned. A council is called, in which fierce altercation takes place between Agamemnon and Achilles. The latter solemnly renounces the field. Agamemnon, by his heralds, demands Brisë is, and Achilles resigns her. He makes his complaint to Thetis, who undertakes to plead his cause with Jupiter. She pleads it, and prevails. The book concludes with an account of what passed in Heaven on that occasion.
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William Cowper

William Cowper
Tannhauser

To my mother. May, 1870.


The Landgrave Hermann held a gathering
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Emma Lazarus

Emma Lazarus
Humanitad

It is full winter now: the trees are bare,
Save where the cattle huddle from the cold
Beneath the pine, for it doth never wear
The autumn's gaudy livery whose gold
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Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde
Success

You ask me what I call Success -
It is, I wonder, Happiness?

It is not wealth, it is not fame,
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Robert William Service
Lachrymæ Musarum

Low, like another's, lies the laurelled head:
The life that seemed a perfect song is o'er:
Carry the last great bard to his last bed.
Land that he loved, thy noblest voice is mute.
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William Watson
Duino Elegies: The Tenth Elegy

That some day, emerging at last from the terrifying vision
I may burst into jubilant praise to assenting angels!
That of the clear-struck keys of the heart not one may fail
to sound because of a loose, doubtful or broken string!
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Rainer Maria Rilke
Corsons Inlet

I went for a walk over the dunes again this morning
to the sea,
then turned right along
the surf
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Archie Randolph Ammons
On Lady Charles Beauclerc's Death

Nor empty are the honours that we pay
To the departed; our own hearts are fill'd
Brimfull with grateful reminiscences;
Compassion is excited; the most stern
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Walter Savage Landor

Walter Savage Landor
Resignation

To die be given us, or attain!
Fierce work it were, to do again.
So pilgrims, bound for Mecca, pray'd
At burning noon: so warriors said,
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Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold
Domestic Scene

The meal was o'er, the lamp was lit,
The family sat in its glow;
The Mother never ceased to knit,
The Daughter never slacked to sew;
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Robert Service

Robert Service
Portent

Courage mes gars:
La guerre est proche.

I plant my little plot of beans,
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Robert Service

Robert Service
Lake Leman

It is the sacred hour: above the far
Low emerald hills that northward fold,
Calmly, upon the blue the evening star
Floats, wreathed in dusky gold.
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Harold Monro
Portent

Courage mes gars:
La guerre est proche.

I plant my little plot of beans,
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Robert William Service
Ben Jonson Entertains A Man From Stratford

You are a friend then, as I make it out,
Of our man Shakespeare, who alone of us
Will put an ass's head in Fairyland
As he would add a shilling to more shillings,
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Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson
Pain

And a woman spoke, saying, 'Tell us of Pain.'

And he said:

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Khalil Gibran
Rembrandt To Rembrandt

(AMSTERDAM, 1645)


And there you are again, now as you are.
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Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin Arlington Robinson
The Silly Girl

when he ditch
her heart was wrench
promises were make under naked sky
and he make wet her eye
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Bina Kasi

Bina Kasi
The Flower Named Truth

A flower of thorns,
Blooms in the garden of petals.
Despised by many,
Loved by none.
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Anushka Singh

Anushka Singh
Light

First-born of the creating Voice!
Minister of God's Spirit, who wast sent
Waiting upon him first, what time he went
Moving about mid the tumultuous noise
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George Macdonald

George Macdonald
The Disciple

I.

The times are changed, and gone the day
When the high heavenly land,
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George Macdonald

George Macdonald
The Cossacks

For Jews, the Cossacks are always coming.
Therefore I think the sun spot on my arm
is melanoma. Therefore I celebrate
New Year's Eve by counting
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Linda Pastan
On Pain

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses
your understanding.

Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its
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Khalil Gibran
Lohengrin

THE holy bell, untouched by human hands,
Clanged suddenly, and tolled with solemn knell.

Between the massive, blazoned temple-doors,
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Emma Lazarus

Emma Lazarus
Sinking In Melancholy

Sinking in the sea of melancholy
Im beginning to savour the sour taste
As I cease to resist
And surrender to her volume
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Reason And Passion Xv

And the priestess spoke again and said: "Speak to us of Reason and Passion."

And he answered saying:

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Khalil Gibran
On The Downs

A faint sea without wind or sun;
A sky like flameless vapour dun;
A valley like an unsealed grave
That no man cares to weep upon,
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Algernon Charles Swinburne

Algernon Charles Swinburne
The Borough. Letter Ix: Amusements

OF our Amusements ask you?--We amuse
Ourselves and friends with seaside walks and views,
Or take a morning ride, a novel, or the news;
Or, seeking nothing, glide about the street,
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George Crabbe

George Crabbe
Ballarat

The digger's cultured daughter:
Her youth was wildly free.
Now by the placid water
Of tree-girt Wendouree
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Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis
Amor Vincit Omnia

Love is no more.
It died as the mind dies: the pure desire
Relinquishing the blissful form it wore,
The ample joy and clarity expire.
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Edgar Bowers
Limitations Gone

limitations gone
since my mind fixed on the moon
clarity and serenity
make something for which
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Saigyo
October

Ay, thou art welcome, heaven's delicious breath!
When woods begin to wear the crimson leaf,
And suns grow meek, and the meek suns grow brief
And the year smiles as it draws near its death.
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William Cullen Bryant

William Cullen Bryant
Domestic Scene

The meal was o'er, the lamp was lit,
The family sat in its glow;
The Mother never ceased to knit,
The Daughter never slacked to sew;
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Robert William Service
The Sun Is Dying; Space And Room

The sun is dying; space and room.
Serenity, vast sense of rest,
Lie bosomed in the orange west
Of Orient waters. Hear the boom
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Joaquin Miller

Joaquin Miller
Ye Mariners Who Spread Your Sails.

("Matelë'ts, vous dë©ploirez les voiles.")

[XVI., May 5, 1839.]

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Victor-marie Hugo
Sonnet

When the rough storm roars round the peasant's cot,
And bursting thunders roll their awful din;
While shrieks the frighted night bird o'er the spot,
Oh! what serenity remains within!
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Thomas Gent

Thomas Gent
October. - A Sonnet.

Ay, thou art welcome, heaven's delicious breath,
When woods begin to wear the crimson leaf,
And suns grow meek, and the meek suns grow brief,
And the year smiles as it draws near its death.
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William Cullen Bryant

William Cullen Bryant
The Stage-coach - Prose

Omne bene
Sine poena
Tempus est ludendi.
Venit hora
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Washington Irving
The Voyage - Prose

Ships, ships, I will descrie you
Amidst the main,
I will come and try you,
What you are protecting,
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Washington Irving
To Isadore

I

Beneath the vine-clad eaves,
Whose shadows fall before
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Abijah M. Ide
Corsons Inlet

I went for a walk over the dunes again this morning
to the sea,
then turned right along
the surf
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A. R. Ammons
Angkor

I
Out of the Forest into a terrible splendour
Of noon, the pinnacles of the temple--portals,
Stone Faces, immense in carven ruin
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Robert Laurence Binyon
Jubilate Agno: Fragment B, Part 2

LET PETER rejoice with the MOON FISH who keeps up the life in the waters by night.

Let Andrew rejoice with the Whale, who is array'd in beauteous blue and is a combination of bulk and activity.

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Christopher Smart

Christopher Smart
Before A Statue Of Buddha

O Buddha, of the mystic smile
And downcast, dreamful eyes,
To whom unnumbered sacred shrines
And gilded statues rise,
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John L. Stoddard

John L. Stoddard
Poppy And Mandragora

Let us go far from here!
Here there is sadness in the early year:
Here sorrow waits where joy went laughing late:
The sicklied face of heaven hangs like hate
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Madison Julius Cawein

Madison Julius Cawein
Image

Calm as a long-forgotten marble god who smiles,
Colossal, in the grim serenity of stone,
Upon the broken pillars lying all alone
Athwart the horizon's infinite and yellow miles;
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Clark Ashton Smith
The Speech

The long laments I spent for ruin'd Troy,
Are dried; and now mine eyes run teares of joy.
No more shall men suppose Electra dead,
Though from the consort of her sisters fled
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Ben Jonson

Ben Jonson