Theodore Roethke Water Poems

  • 1.

    I dream of journeys repeatedly:
    Of flying like a bat deep into a narrowing tunnel
  • 2.
    Where were the greenhouses going,
    Lunging into the lashing
    Wind driving water
    So far down the river
  • 3.

    In a shoe box stuffed in an old nylon stocking
    Sleeps the baby mouse I found in the meadow,
  • 4.

    Whatâ??s this? A dish for fat lips.
    Who says? A nameless stranger.
  • 5.
    When I put her out, once, by the garbage pail,
    She looked so limp and bedraggled,
    So foolish and trusting, like a sick poodle,
    Or a wizened aster in late September,
  • 6.

    A cloud moved close. The bulk of the wind shifted.
  • 7.
    (My student, thrown by a horse)

    I remember the neckcurls, limp and damp as tendrils;
    And her quick look, a sidelong pickerel smile;
  • 8.
    I think the dead are tender. Shall we kiss? --
    My lady laughs, delighting in what is.
    If she but sighs, a bird puts out its tongue.
    She makes space lonely with a lovely song.
  • 9.

    Against the stone breakwater,
    Only an ominous lapping,
Total 9 Water Poems by Theodore Roethke

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