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Jeffers, Robinson    Poet's Biography
355 poems available by this author


A CALIFORNIA GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: There was fragrance too, that quietly crept
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


A LITTLE SCRAPING    Poem Text    
First Line: True, the time, to one who does not love farce
Last Line: And gathers multitude like game to be hunted when the season comes
Subject(s): Time; Destruction


A REDEEMER    Poem Text    
First Line: The road had steepened and the sun sharpened on the high
Last Line: Have been married before: deep is my peace
Subject(s): Redemption


ADJUSTMENT       
First Line: Were I always to be witness and not part


ADVICE TO PILGRIMS       
First Line: That our senses lie and our minds trick us is true, but in general
Last Line: Wise are the wings of the gull, pleasant her song


AGE IN PROSPECT    Poem Text    
First Line: Praise youth's hot blood if you will, I think that
Subject(s): Old Age


AGE IN PROSPECT       
First Line: Praise youth's hot blood if you will, I think that
Subject(s): Old Age


ALL THE LITTLE HOOFPRINTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Farther up the gorge the sea's voice fainted and ceased.
Last Line: Drift up the canyon with the mist on their shoulders. Look in the dust at your feet, all the little
Subject(s): Horses


ALL THE LITTLE HOOFPRINTS       
First Line: Farther up the gorge the sea's voice fainted and ceased
Last Line: Look in the dust at your feet, all the little hoofprints


AN ARTIST    Poem Text    
First Line: That sculptor we knew, the passionate-eyed son of a quarry-man
Subject(s): Sculpture & Sculptors


AN IRISH HEADLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Fair head in antrim, long dark waves of
Subject(s): Ireland; Irish


ANIMALS    Poem Text    
First Line: At dawn a knot of sea-lions lies off the shore
Subject(s): Animals


ANIMALS       
First Line: At dawn a knot of sea-lions lies off the shore
Last Line: Besides the slow oxidation of carbohydrates and amino-acids
Subject(s): Animals


ANSWER       
First Line: Then what is the answer? - not to be deluded by dreams
Last Line: Apart from that, or else you will share man's pitiful confusions, or drown in despair when his days


ANTE MORTEM    Poem Text    
First Line: It is likely enough that lions and scorpions
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


ANTE MORTEM       
First Line: It is likely enough that lions and scorpions
Last Line: And could lift stones, and comprehend in the praises the cruelties of life
Subject(s): Death


ANTRIM    Poem Text    
First Line: No spot of earth where men have so fiercely for ages of time
Subject(s): Antrim, Ireland; Ireland; Irish


ANTRIM       
First Line: No spot of earth where men have so fiercely for ages of time
Last Line: I lie here and plot the agony of resurrection
Subject(s): Antrim, Ireland; Ireland


APOLOGY FOR BAD DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the purple light, heavy with redwood, the slopes drop seaward
Last Line: Foreland, the ever-returning roses of dawn
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


APOLOGY FOR BAD DREAMS       
First Line: In the purple light, heavy with redwood, the slopes drop seaward
Last Line: The fountains of the boiling stars, the flowers of the forelnd, %he ever-returning roses of dawn


ARTIST       
First Line: That sculptor we knew, the passionate-eyed son of a quarry-man
Last Line: May stumble on that ravine of titans after their maker has died. While he lives, let him alone
Subject(s): Sculpture And Sculptors


ASCENT TO THE SIERRAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Beyond the great valley an odd instinctive rising
Last Line: Against the wolf in men's hearts?
Subject(s): Sierra Nevada Mountains


ASCENT TO THE SIERRAS       
First Line: Beyond the great valley an odd instinctive rising
Last Line: To make you bitter music; how else will you take bonds of the %future, against the wolf in men's hea
Subject(s): Sierra Nevada Mountains


AT THE BIRTH OF AN AGE       
First Line: When the north and the east crawled with armed tribes toward mindless wars
Last Line: Shining writhes like a fire, %the stars return


AT THE FALL OF AN AGE    Poem Text    
First Line: The gods get hungry like you and me, so it has to die
Subject(s): Vengeance


AT THE FALL OF AN AGE       
First Line: The gods get hungry like you and me, so it has to die
Last Line: The flame is blown from the torches by the violent wind
Subject(s): Vengeance


AUTUMN EVENING       
First Line: Though the little clouds ran southward still, the quiet autumnal
Last Line: What happens to men ... The world's well made though


AVE CAESAR    Poem Text    
First Line: No bitterness: our ancestors did it
Last Line: Full of sentiment, clever at mechanics, and we love our luxuries
Subject(s): Americans


AVE CAESAR       
First Line: No bitterness: our ancestors did it
Last Line: Full of sentiment, clever at mechanics, and we love our luxuries
Subject(s): Americans


BE ANGRY AT THE SUN    Poem Text    
First Line: That public men publish falsehoods
Last Line: Yours is not theirs
Subject(s): Anger; Social Commentary


BEACH       
First Line: Moon-white dunes and the water like violets


BEAKS OF EAGLES       
First Line: An eagle's nest on the head of an old redwood on one of the
Last Line: Ten thousand years than the beaks of eagles
Subject(s): Birds; Eagles


BEAUTY OF THINGS       
First Line: To feel and speak the astonishing beauty of things - earth, stone and water
Last Line: The love, lust, longing: reasons, but not the reason


BED BY THE WINDOW       
First Line: I chose the bed down-stairs by the sea-window for a good death-bed
Last Line: Thumps with his staff, and calls thrice: 'come, jeffers'
Subject(s): Death


BIRD WITH THE DARK PLUMES IN MY BLOOD       
Last Line: To want hatred as to want love; and harder to win


BIRDS       
First Line: The fierce musical cries of a couple of sparrow hawks hunting on the headland
Subject(s): Birds; Hawks


BIRDS       
First Line: The fierce musical cries of a couple of sparrow hawks hunting on the headland
Last Line: From the sharp %rock-shores of the world and the secret waters
Subject(s): Birds; Hawks


BIRDS AND FISHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Every october millions of little fish come along the shore
Subject(s): Birds; Fish & Fishing; Anglers


BIRDS AND FISHES       
First Line: Every october millions of little fish come along the shore
Last Line: That is their quality: not mercy, not mind, not goodness, but the beauty of god
Subject(s): Birds; Fishing And Fishermen


BIRTH-DUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Joy is a trick in the air; pleasure is merely
Last Line: Have paid my birth-dues; am quits with the people
Subject(s): God; Doubt; Skepticism


BIRTH-DUES       
First Line: Joy is a trick in the air; pleasure is merely contemptible, the dangled
Last Line: Have paid my birth-dues; am quits with the people


BIRTHDAY (AUTOBIOGRAPHY)    Poem Text    
First Line: Seventy years ago my mother labored to bear me,
Last Line: Swim in my blood and distort my thought but the old man's welcome
Subject(s): Birthdays; Self; Parents; Parenthood


BIXBY'S LANDING    Poem Text    
First Line: They burned lime on the hill and dropped it down
Last Line: Are even more precious than your first presence
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Quarries; Work; Workers


BIXBY'S LANDING       
First Line: They burned lime on the hill and dropped it down here in an iron car
Last Line: Returnings %are even more precious than your first presence


BLACK-OUT    Poem Text    
First Line: The war that we have carefully for years provoked
Subject(s): War


BLACK-OUT       
First Line: The war that we have carefully for years provoked
Last Line: Darkness and silence, the two eyes that see god. Great staring eyes
Subject(s): War


BLIND HORSES    Poem Text    
First Line: The proletariat for your messiah, the poor and many are to seize power
Subject(s): Russia - Stalin Era


BLIND HORSES       
First Line: The proletariat for your messiah, the poor and many are to seize power
Last Line: The ages like blind horses turning a mill tread their own hoof-marks. Whose corn's ground in that mi
Subject(s): Russia - Stalin Era


BLOODY SIRE       
First Line: It is not bad. Let them play
Last Line: Never weep, let them play, %old violence is not too old to beget new values


BOATS IN A FOG    Poem Text    
First Line: Sports and gallantries, the stage, the arts, the antics of dancers
Last Line: Earnest elements of nature.
Subject(s): Fog; Boats; Art & Artists; Boats; Fog; Sea; Haze; Haze; Ocean


BOATS IN A FOG    Poem Text    
First Line: Sports and gallantries, the stage, the arts, the antics of dancers,
Last Line: Earnest elements of nature.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Boats; Fog; Sea; Haze; Ocean


BROADSTONE; NEAR FINVOY, COUNTY ANTRIM       
First Line: We climbed by the old quarries to the wide highland of heath
Last Line: Here they are all perfectly resolved
Subject(s): Antrim, Ireland


BROKEN BALANCE       
First Line: The people buying and selling, consuming pleasures, talking in the archways
Last Line: The arteries and walk in triumph on the faces


BY DAY AND NIGHT DREAM ABOUT HAPPY DEATH       
First Line: By day and night dream about happy death
Last Line: As if sweet death were a whore? You are too proud


CAGED EAGLE'S DEATH DREAM       
First Line: At the one shot
Last Line: Peace like a white fawn in a dell of fire
Subject(s): Aviation And Aviators


CALIFORNIA GARDEN       
First Line: There was fragrance too, that quietly crept
Subject(s): Gardens And Gardening


CALM AND FULL THE OCEAN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): War


CALM AND FULL THE OCEAN       
Subject(s): War


CARMEL POINT    Poem Text    
First Line: The extraordinary patience of things!
Last Line: As the rock and ocean that we were made from
Subject(s): Carmel, California; Nature; Patience


CARMEL POINT       
First Line: The extraordinary patience of things!
Last Line: As the rock and ocean that we were made from
Subject(s): Carmel, California; Nature; Patience


CASSANDRA    Poem Text    
First Line: The mad girl with the staring eyes and long white fingers
Last Line: And gods disgusting—you and I, cassandra
Subject(s): Cassandra (mythology); War


CASSANDRA       
First Line: The mad girl with the staring eyes and long white fingers
Last Line: No: you'll still mumble in a corner a crust of truth, to men %and gods disgusting. - you and I, cass
Subject(s): Cassandra; War


CLOUDS OF EVENING       
First Line: Enormous cloud-mountains that form


COAST-ROAD       
First Line: A horseman high alone as an eagle on the spur
Last Line: Not the least hurt by this ribbon pf road carved on their sea-foot


COMPENSATION       
First Line: Solitude that unmakes me one of men


CONTEMPLATION OF THE SWORD    Poem Text    
First Line: Reason will not decide at last; the sword will decide.
Last Line: Reason will not decide at last: the sword will decide
Subject(s): Swords; Strength; Reason; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals


CONTINENT'S END    Poem Text    
First Line: At the equinox when the earth was veiled in a late rain,
Last Line: The older fountain.
Subject(s): Sea; Children; Migration; Mothers; Ocean; Childhood


CONTINENT'S END    Poem Text    
First Line: At the equinox when the earth was veiled in a late rain
Last Line: The older fountain.
Subject(s): Children; Migration; Mothers; Childhood


CONTRAST    Poem Text    
First Line: The world has many seas, mediterranean, atlantic, but
Last Line: Mind to stand with the trees, one life with / the mountains
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Nature; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


CREDO    Poem Text    
First Line: My friend form asia has powers and magic
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed


CREDO       
First Line: My friend form asia has powers and magic
Subject(s): Faith


CREMATION       
First Line: It nearly cancels my fear of death, my dearest said
Last Line: We had great joy of my body. Scatter the ashes


CRUEL FALCON       
First Line: Contemplation would make a good life, keep it strict, only
Last Line: To bruise himself on


CRUMBS OR THE LOAF       
First Line: If one should tell them what's clearly seen
Last Line: For it seems compassion sticks longer than the other colors, in this bleaching cloth


CYCLE       
First Line: The clapping blackness of the wings of pointed cormorants
Last Line: One temper with the granite, bulking about here?


DE RERUM VIRTUTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here is the skull of a man: a mans thoughts and emotions
Last Line: Whatever the sick microbe does. But he too is part of it
Subject(s): Creation


DEAD TO CLEMENCEAU: NOVEMBER, 1929       
First Line: Come (we say) clemenceau
Last Line: Hardly required the clear corrections of death
Subject(s): Clemenceau, Georges (1841-1929)


DECAYING LAMBSKINS    Poem Text    
First Line: After all, we also stand on a height. Our blood and our culture
Last Line: But only deep-wounded drag on for centuries
Subject(s): Civilization; Destruction; Progress


DECAYING LAMBSKINS       
First Line: After all, we also stand on a height. Our blood and our culture have passed
Last Line: But only deep-wounded drag on for centuries


DEER LAY DOWN THEIR BONES       
First Line: I followed the narrow cliffside trail half way up the mountain
Last Line: Down their bones: I must wear mine


DELUSION OF SAINTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The old pagan burials, uninscribed rock
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Graveyards


DELUSION OF SAINTS       
First Line: The old pagan burials, uninscribed rock
Last Line: One old horse neighing across the stone hedges %in the flooded fields
Subject(s): Cemeteries


DISTANT RAINFALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Like mourning women veiled to the feet
Last Line: Bearing her tender magnificent sorrow at her heart, the lost battle’s beauty
Subject(s): Rain; Mourning; Bereavement


DISTANT RAINFALL       
First Line: Like mourning women veiled to the feet
Last Line: Bearing her tender magnificent sorrow at her heart, the lost battle's beauty


DIVINELY SUPERFLUOUS BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: The storm-dances of gulls, the barking game of seals,
Last Line: Weave like a web in the air / divinely superfluous beauty
Subject(s): Beauty; Desire


DIVINELY SUPERFLUOUS BEAUTY       
First Line: The storm-dances of gulls, the barking game of seals
Last Line: Weave like a web in the air %of divinely superfluous beauty


EAGLE VALOR, CHICKEN MIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Unhappy country, what wings you have! Even here,
Subject(s): War


EAGLE VALOR, CHICKEN MIND       
First Line: Unhappy country, what wings you have! Even here,
Last Line: Pathos of the result
Subject(s): War


END OF THE WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was young in school in switzerland, about the time of the boer
Last Line: And the earth flourish long after mankind is out
Subject(s): Doomsday; Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


EVENING EBB    Poem Text    
First Line: The ocean has not been so quiet for a long while, five night-herons
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


EVENING EBB       
First Line: The ocean has not been so quiet for a long while, five night-herons
Last Line: The screen of the world for another audience
Subject(s): Sea


EXCESSES OF GOD       
First Line: Is it not by his superflousness we know
Subject(s): Religion


EYE       
First Line: The atlantic is a stormy moat, and the mediterranean
Last Line: Eye of the earth, and what it watches is not our wars
Subject(s): Pacific Ocean; World War Ii


FANTASY       
First Line: Finally in white innocence
Last Line: And new men plot a new war


FAWN'S FOSTER-MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: The old woman sits on a bench before the door and quarrels
Last Line: The stir of the world, the music of the mountain
Subject(s): Deer; Old Age


FAWN'S FOSTER-MOTHER       
First Line: The old woman sits on a bench before the door and quarrels
Last Line: I see that once in her spring she lived in the streaming arteries, %the stir of the world, the music


FINLAND IS DOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Five planets and a brilliant young moon
Last Line: And bitter things will have happened; not worse things
Subject(s): Finnish-russian War (1939-1940)


FIRE ON THE HILLS    Poem Text    
First Line: The deer were bounding like blown leaves
Subject(s): Fire; Men


FIRE ON THE HILLS       
First Line: The deer were bounding like blown leaves
Last Line: The destruction that brings an eagle from heaven is better than mercy
Subject(s): Fire; Men


FLIGHT OF SWANS    Poem Text    
First Line: One who sees giant orion, the torches of winter midnight
Last Line: But life and death not in vain; and the world is like a flight of swans
Subject(s): Swans


FLIGHT OF SWANS       
First Line: One who sees giant orion, the torches of winter midnight
Last Line: But life and death not in vain; and the world is like a flight of swans


FOG    Poem Text    
First Line: Invisible gulls with human voices cry in the sea-cloud
Subject(s): Fog; Haze


FOG       
First Line: Invisible gulls with human voices cry in the sea-cloud
Last Line: The lover's, the hunger of the sea-beaks, slaves of the last peace, %worshippers of oneness
Subject(s): Fog


FOR UNA    Poem Text    
First Line: I built her a tower when I was young
Last Line: And when they vanish we’ll have spent the night well
Subject(s): Transience; Mortality; Social Commentary; Decay; Love - Erotic; Impermanence; Rot; Decadence


FOR UNA       
First Line: I built her a tower when I was young
Last Line: And when they vanish we'll have spent the night well


FOURTH ACT    Poem Text    
First Line: Because you are simple people, kindly and romantic, and set your
Subject(s): War


FOURTH ACT       
First Line: Because you are simple people, kindly and romantic, and set your
Subject(s): War


GHOST    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a jaggle of masonry here, on a small hill
Last Line: "with the trees that I planted."" ""there has to be room for people,"" he answers. ""my god,"" he sa
Subject(s): Time


GHOSTS IN ENGLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: At east lulworth the dead were friendly and pitiful, I saw them peek
Subject(s): England; Ghosts; Supernatural; English


GHOSTS IN ENGLAND       
First Line: At east lulworth the dead were friendly and pitiful, I saw them peek
Last Line: No pity for the great pillar of empire settling to a fall, the pride and the power slowly dissolving
Subject(s): England; Ghosts; Supernatural


GIANT'S RING: BALLYLESSON, NEAR BELFAST       
First Line: Whoever is able will pursue the plainly
Last Line: Too cheap a bargain: the name, the work or the soul: glass beads are the trade for savages
Subject(s): Death; Ireland


GIVE YOUR HEART TO THE HAWKS       
First Line: The apples hung until a wind at the equinox
Last Line: Then climbed up, rock to rock, bush to bush


GIVE YOUR WISH LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: By day and night dream about happy death,
Last Line: As if sweet death were a whore? You are too proud
Subject(s): Death; Dreams; Dead, The; Nightmares


GOING TO HORSE FLATS       
First Line: Amazingly active a toothless man
Last Line: Then man will have come of age; he will still suffer and still die, but like a god, not a tortured a


GOING TO THE HORSE FLATS    Poem Text    
First Line: Amazingly active a toothless old man
Last Line: But like a god, not a tortured animal
Subject(s): God; Faith; Belief; Creed


GRANDDAUGHTER    Poem Text    
First Line: And here's a portrait of my granddaughter una
Subject(s): Love


GRANDDAUGHTER       
First Line: And here's a portrait of my granddaughter una
Last Line: Powerful protection and a man like a hawk to cover her
Subject(s): Love


GRANITE AND CYPRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: White-maned, wide-throated, the heavy-shouldered children of
Last Line: And people are so shaken
Subject(s): Future; Cypress Trees


GRANITE AND CYPRESS       
First Line: White-maned, wide-throated, the heavy-shouldered children
Last Line: And people are so shaken


GRASS ON THE CLIFF        Recitation
First Line: Under the house, between the road the sea-cliff


GRAY WEATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: It is true that, older than man and ages to outlast him, the pacific surf
Last Line: To the bone, the careless white bone, the excellence
Subject(s): Disappointment; Aging; Weather


GRAY WEATHER       
First Line: It is true that, older than man and ages to outlast him, the pacific surf
Last Line: To the bone, the careless white bone, the excellence


GREAT MEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Consider greatness
Last Line: While far down the long slope gleams the pale sea
Subject(s): Greatness; Roosevelt, Franklin Delano (1882-1945); Hitler, Adolf (1889-1945)


GREAT SUNSET       
First Line: A flight of six heavy-motored bombing-planes
Last Line: Detested by all the dreaming factions, is my errand here


GREATER GRANDEUR    Poem Text    
First Line: Half a year after war's end, roosevelt and hitler dead, stalin tired
Last Line: And not appropriate for events on this scale watched from this level; admiration is all
Subject(s): World War Ii; Death; Statesmen; Second World War; Dead, The


HANDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Inside a cave in a narrow canyon near tassajara
Last Line: And be supplanted; for you also are human
Subject(s): Hands


HANDS       
First Line: Inside a cave in a narrow canynon near
Last Line: And be supplanted; for you also are human


HAUNTED COUNTRY       
First Line: Here the human past is dim and feeble and alien to us
Last Line: That knows its fate beforehand, the flow of the womb, banked back %by the older flood of the ocean,


HELLENISTICS    Poem Text    
First Line: I look at the greek-derived design that nourished my infancy
Last Line: Am a priest,' to kill them with spears?
Subject(s): Greek Civilization


HELLENISTICS       
First Line: I look at the greek-derived design that nourished my infancy
Last Line: When the witch-doctors begin dancing, or if any man says 'I am a priest,' to kill them with spears?


HOME       
First Line: She'd thrust the canyon out of her mind; she never thought


HOODED NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: At night, toward dawn, all the lights of the shore have died
Last Line: Amusements are quiet: the dark glory
Subject(s): Night; Landscape; Bedtime


HOODED NIGHT       
First Line: At night, toward dawn, all the lights of the shore have died
Last Line: Amusements are quiet: the dark glory


HOPE IS NOT FOR THE WISE    Poem Text    
First Line: Hope is not for the wise, fear is for fools;
Last Line: Had perished utterly, oh perfect loveliness of earth and heaven
Subject(s): Hope; Wisdom; Beauty; Optimism


HOPE IS NOT FOR THE WISE       
First Line: Hope is not for the wise, fear is for fools
Last Line: Had perished utterly, oh perfect loveliness of earth and heaven


HUNGERFIELD    Poem Text    
First Line: If time is only another dimension, then all that dies
Last Line: Float on the dawn. - I shall be with you presently
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Mourning; Bereavement


HURT HAWKS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The broken pillar of the wing jags from the clotted shoulder
Last Line: Before it was quite unsheathed from reality
Subject(s): Birds; Death - Animals; Euthanasia; Hawks


HURT HAWKS       
First Line: The broken pillar of the wing jags from the clotted shoulder
Last Line: Fear at its rising %before it was quite unsheathed from reality
Subject(s): Birds; Death - Animals; Euthanasia; Hawks


I HAVE BEEN WARNED. IT IS MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS SINCE I WROTE    Poem Text    


I HAVE BEEN WARNED. IT IS MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS SINCE I WROTE       
Last Line: But time sucks out the juice, %a man grows old and indolent
Subject(s): Aging


I SHALL LAUGH PURELY    Poem Text    
First Line: Turn from that girl
Last Line: All will be worse confounded soon
Subject(s): War


I SHALL LAUGH PURELY       
First Line: Turn from that girl
Last Line: Thin snow falls on historical rocks
Subject(s): War


IN THE HILL AT NEW GRANGE; BURIAL GROUND ON RIVER BOYNE    Poem Text    
First Line: Who is it beside me, who is here beside me, in the hollow hill?
Last Line: Blessed is the night that has no glowworm
Subject(s): Boyne (river), Ireland; Cemeteries; Graveyards


IN THE HILL AT NEW GRANGE; BURIAL GROUND ON RIVER BOYNE       
First Line: Who is it beside me, who is here beside me, in the hollow hill?
Last Line: For probably all the same things will be born and be beautiful again, but blessed is the night that
Subject(s): Boyne (river), Ireland; Cemeteries


INSCRIPTION FOR A GRAVESTONE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am not dead, I have only become inhuman
Subject(s): Death; Graves; Dead, The; Tombs; Tombstones


INSCRIPTION FOR A GRAVESTONE       
First Line: I am not dead, I have only become inhuman
Last Line: I left the light precipitate of ashes to earth %for a love-token
Subject(s): Death; Graves


INTELLECTUALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it so hard for men to stand by themselves
Last Line: They are tired and cover their eyes; they flock into fold
Subject(s): Conformity


INTELLECTUALS       
First Line: It is so hard for men to stand by themselves
Last Line: They are tired and cover their eyes; they flock into the fold


IONA: THE GRAVES OF THE KINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: I wish not to lie here
Subject(s): Graves; Iona, Scotland; Tombs; Tombstones


IONA: THE GRAVES OF THE KINGS       
First Line: I wish not to lie here
Last Line: This earth has absorbed
Subject(s): Graves; Iona, Scotland


IRISH HEADLAND       
First Line: Fair head in antrim, long dark waves of
Subject(s): Ireland


JOY    Poem Text    
First Line: Though joy is better than sorrow
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


JOY       
First Line: Though joy is better than sorrow
Last Line: Will cover those wistful eyes
Subject(s): Happiness


JULY FOURTH BY THE OCEAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The continent's a tamed ox, with all its mountains,
Last Line: How it would have feared us
Subject(s): Sea; United States; Ocean; America


LET THEM ALONE    Poem Text    
First Line: If god has been good enough to give you a poet
Last Line: Before it was quite unsheathed from reality
Subject(s): Fame; Writing & Writers; Reputation


LET US GO HOME TO PARADISE    Poem Text    


LET US GO HOME TO PARADISE       


LIFE FROM THE LIFELESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Spirits and illusions have died
Last Line: Keeping stones, the flowing sky
Subject(s): Beauty


LIFE FROM THE LIFELESS       
First Line: Spirits and illusions have died
Last Line: Keeping stones, the flowing sky


LITTLE SCRAPING       
First Line: True, the time, to one who does not love farce
Last Line: And gathers multitude like game to be hunted when the season comes


LOVE THE WILD SWAN    Poem Text    
First Line: I hate my verses, every line, every word
Last Line: Hear the music, the thunder of the wings. Love the wild swan
Subject(s): Relationships; Swans; Poetry & Poets; Freedom; Hate; Liberty


LOVE THE WILD SWAN       
First Line: I hate my verses, every line, every word.
Last Line: Hear the music, the thunder of the wings. Love the wild swan.
Subject(s): Freedom; Hate


LOVE-CHILDREN       
First Line: The trail's high up on the ridge, no one goes down


LOVING SHEPERDESS       
First Line: The little one-room schoolhouse among the redwoods
Last Line: The sheep about her and perceived that none came


LOW SKY       
First Line: No vulture is here, hardly a hawk
Last Line: The flesh drops into the ground


MACHINE       
First Line: The little biplane that has the river-meadow


MAID'S THOUGHT       
First Line: Why listen, even the water is sobbing for something
Last Line: To make that burning flower


MARGRAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: On the small marble-paved platform
Last Line: Like a passionate thought. It is very well ordered
Subject(s): Murder; Capital Punishment; Hanging; Executions; Death Penalty


MARGRAVE       
First Line: On the small marble-paved platform
Last Line: Like a passionate thought. It is very well ordered


MAY-JUNE, 1940    Poem Text    
First Line: Foreseen for so many years: these evils, this monstrous violence
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


MAY-JUNE, 1940       
First Line: Foreseen for so many years: these evils, this monstrous violence
Last Line: It will not be in our time, alas, my dear, %it will not be in our time
Subject(s): World War Ii


MEDITATION ON SAVIORS    Poem Text    
First Line: When I considered it too closely, when I wore it like an element and smelt it like water,
Last Line: Shine the sun black; the trap in which it is better to catch the / inhuman god than the hunter's own
Subject(s): Oedipus; Jesus Christ; Buddhism; Prophecy & Prophets; Buddha; Buddhists


MEDITATION ON SAVIORS       
First Line: When I considered it too closely, when I wore it like an element
Last Line: Shine the sun black; the trap in which it is better to catch the inhuman god than the hunter's own I


NATURAL MUSIC    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The old voice of the ocean, the bird-chatter of little rivers
Subject(s): Sound


NATURAL MUSIC       
First Line: The old voice of the ocean, the bird-chatter of little rivers
Last Line: By the ocean-shore, dreaming of lovers
Subject(s): Sound


NEW MEXICAN MOUNTAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: I watch the indians dancing to help the young corn at taos pueblo
Subject(s): Mountains; Native Americans; New Mexico; Tourists; Hills; Downs (great Britain); Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


NEW MEXICAN MOUNTAIN       
First Line: I watch the indians dancing to help the young corn at taos pueblo
Last Line: Tribal drum, and the rockhead of taos mountain, remember that civilization is a transient sickness
Subject(s): Mountains; Native Americans; New Mexico; Tourists


NEW YEAR'S EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Staggering homeward between the stream and the trees the unhappy drunkard
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


NEW YEAR'S EVE       
First Line: Staggering homeward between the stream and the trees the unhappy drunkard
Last Line: Nobody knows my love the falcon
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


NIGHT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The ebb slips from the rock, the sunken
Last Line: And death is no evil.
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


NIGHT WITHOUT SLEEP    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The world’s as the world is; the nations rearm and prepare to change; the age of tyrants returns
Last Line: This is more beautiful....At night....
Subject(s): War; Social Commentary; Patriotism; Night; Bedtime


NIGHT WITHOUT SLEEP       
First Line: The world's as the world is; the nations rearm and prepare to change
Last Line: This is more beautiful - at night


NO RESURRECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Friendship, when a friend meant a helping sword
Last Line: And grass again to make modern flesh
Subject(s): Friendship; Death; Dead, The


NO RESURRECTION       
First Line: Friendship, when a friend meant a helping sword
Last Line: And grass again to make modern flesh


NOON    Poem Text    
First Line: The pure air trembles, o pitiless god
Last Line: Full of the god, having drunk fire.
Subject(s): God


NOT OUR GOOD LUCK    Poem Text    
First Line: Not our good luck nor the instant peak and fulfillment of time gives us to see
Last Line: Of the far stars, remember we also have known beauty.
Subject(s): Beauty


NOVA    Poem Text    
First Line: That nova was a moderate star like our good sun
Subject(s): Stars


NOVA       
First Line: That nova was a moderate star like our good sun
Last Line: Is the face of god, to live gladly in its presence, and die without grief or fear knowing it survive
Subject(s): Stars


NOVEMBER SURF    Poem Text    
First Line: Some lucky day each november great waves awake and are drawn
Subject(s): Waves


NOVEMBER SURF       
First Line: Some lucky day each november great waves awake and are drawn
Last Line: The dignity of room, the volume of rareness
Subject(s): Waves


NOW RETURNED HOME    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Beyond the narrows of the inner hebrides
Last Line: The screaming haste of new york
Subject(s): Homecoming


NOW RETURNED HOME       
First Line: Beyond the narrows of the inner hebrides
Last Line: Most clearly; and have rather forgotten the dragging whirlpools of london, the screaming haste of ne
Subject(s): Homecoming


OCEAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Gray whales are going south: I see their fountains
Subject(s): Environment; Sea Monsters; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Sea Serpents


OCEAN       
First Line: Gray whales are going south: I see their fountains
Subject(s): Environment; Sea Monsters


OCEAN       
First Line: It dreams in the deepest sleep, it remembers the storm last month
Last Line: The muttering prophets, %it is needful to have night in one's body


OCTOBER EVENING       
First Line: Male-throated under the shallow sea-fog


OH LOVELY ROCK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: We stayed the night in the pathless gorge of ventana creek, up the east fork.
Last Line: Felt its intense reality with love and wonder, this lonely rock
Subject(s): Camping; Nature; Camps; Summer Camps


OH, LOVELY ROCK       
First Line: We stayed the night in the pathless gorge of ventana creek, up the east fork
Last Line: Felt its intense reality with love and wonder, this lonely rock


OLD MAN'S DREAM AFTER HE DIED       
First Line: Gently with delicate mindless fingers
Last Line: In the passionate terms of human experience are not resolved, nor worth it


ON BUILDING WITH STONE    Poem Text    
First Line: To be an ape in little of the mountain-making mother
Last Line: Beggar) were not bitter in the teeth?
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Writing & Writers; Work; Workers


ORCA    Poem Text    
First Line: Sea-lions loafed in the swinging tide in the inlet, long fluent creatures
Last Line: Experiment, that has run wild, and ought to be stopped
Subject(s): Cruelty; War; Sea; Ocean


ORIGINAL SIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The man-brained and man-handed ground-ape, physically
Subject(s): Mankind; Human Race


ORIGINAL SIN       
First Line: The man-brained and man-handed ground-ape, physically
Last Line: And fear not death; it is the only way to be cleansed
Subject(s): Mankind


OSSIAN'S GRAVE; PREHISTORIC MONUMENT NEAR CUSHENDALL    Poem Text    
First Line: Steep up in lubitavish townland stands
Subject(s): Antrim, Ireland; Graves; Ossian (3d Century Gaelic Poet); Tombs; Tombstones


OSSIAN'S GRAVE; PREHISTORIC MONUMENT NEAR CUSHENDALL       
First Line: Steep up in lubitavish townland stands
Last Line: A life as inhuman and cold as those
Subject(s): Antrim, Ireland; Graves; Ossian (3d Century Gaelic Poet)


PEARL HARBOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Here are the fireworks. The men who conspired and labored
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


PEARL HARBOR       
First Line: Here are the fireworks. The men who conspired and labored
Last Line: Darkness and silence, the two eyes that see god; great staring eyes
Subject(s): World War Ii


PELICANS    Poem Text    
First Line: Four pelicans went over the house
Last Line: Pelicans.
Subject(s): Birds; Nature; Pelicans


PEOPLE AND A HERON    Poem Text    
First Line: A desert of weed and water-darkened stone under my western windows
Last Line: Reflected on the world for a mirror
Subject(s): Herons


PEOPLE AND A HERON       
First Line: A desert of weed and water-darkened stone under my western windows
Last Line: Reflected on the world for a mirror


PHENOMENA    Poem Text    
First Line: Great-enough both accepts and subdues; the great frame takes all creatures
Subject(s): Airships


PHENOMENA       
First Line: Great-enough both accepts and subdues; the great frame takes all creatures
Last Line: It slides into a cloud over point lobos
Subject(s): Airships


PLACE FOR NO STORY       
First Line: The coast hills at sovranes creek
Last Line: But dilute the lonely self-watchful passion


POINT JOE       
First Line: Point joe has teeth and has torn ships; it has fierce and solitary beauty
Last Line: A trick of nature's, one must forgive nature a thousand graceful subtleties


POST MORTEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Happy people die whole, they are all dissolved in a moment
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


POST MORTEM       
First Line: Happy people die whole, they are all dissolved in a moment
Last Line: The flesh, a spirit for the stone
Subject(s): Death


PRACTICAL PEOPLE       
First Line: Practical people, I have been told


PRAISE LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: This country least, but every inhabited country
Last Line: Rattled in a dry gourd
Subject(s): Life


PRAISE LIFE       
First Line: This country least, but every inhabited country
Last Line: Rattled in a dry gourd


PRESCRIPTION OF PAINFUL ENDS       
First Line: Lucretius felt the change of the world in his time, the great
Last Line: Uncleanness, from the acid-bottles


PROMISE OF PEACE    Poem Text    
First Line: The heads of strong old age are beautiful
Last Line: How shall the dead taste the deep treasure they have?
Subject(s): Peace


PROMISE OF PEACE       
First Line: The heads of strong old age are beautiful
Last Line: Thinking through that's entire and sweet in the grave %how shall the dead taste the deep treasure th
Subject(s): Peace


PURSE-SEINE       
First Line: Our sardine fishermen work at night in the dark of the moon; daylight ...
Last Line: There is no reason for amazement: surely one always knew that cultures decay, and life's end is deat
Subject(s): Environment; Fishing And Fishermen


QUIA ABSURDUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Guard yourself from the terrible empty light of space, the bottomless
Last Line: Or the communist rat-fight: faith will cover your head from the man-devouring stars
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed


REAL AND HALF REAL    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a time to find a new world: who was sent forth? Columbus, that is
Last Line: What's done in earnest is done is done outside it
Subject(s): War; Reality


REARMAMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: These grand and fatal movements toward death: the grandeur of the mass
Last Line: Dream-led masses down the dark mountain
Subject(s): Beauty; Pacifism; Peace Movements


REARMAMENT       
First Line: These grand and fatal movements toward death: the grandeur of the mass
Last Line: Dream-led masses down the dark mountain


REDEEMER       
First Line: The road had steepened and the sun sharpened on the high ridges
Last Line: Troubles: my own daughter's: I'm older than my husband. I have been married before: deep is my peace


RETURN    Poem Text    
First Line: A little too abstract, a little too wise,
Last Line: Pico blanco, steep sea-wave of marble
Subject(s): Ecology And Ecologists


RETURN       
First Line: A little too abstract, a little too wise
Last Line: Things are the hawk's food and noble is the mountain, oh noble %pico blanco, steep sea-wave of marbl


ROAN STALLION    Poem Text    
First Line: The dog barked; then the woman stood in the doorway, and hearing
Last Line: Who has killed god. The night-wind veering, the smell of the spilt wine drifted down hill from the h
Subject(s): Horses


ROAN STALLION       
First Line: The dog barked; then the woman stood in the doorway, and hearing iron
Last Line: Who has killed god. The night-wind veering, the smell of the spilt wine drifted down hill from the h


ROCK AND HAWK    Poem Text    
First Line: Here is a symbol in which
Last Line: Nor success make proud
Subject(s): Hawks; Pride; Stones; Self-esteem; Self-respect; Granite; Rocks


ROCK AND HAWK       
First Line: Here is a symbol in which
Last Line: Which failure cannot cast down %nor success make proud


SALMON-FISHING    Poem Text    
First Line: The days shorten, the south blows wide for showers now
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Anglers


SALMON-FISHING       
First Line: The days shorten, the south blows wide for showers now
Last Line: The wild pacific pasture nor wanton and spawning %race up into fresh water
Subject(s): Fishing And Fishermen


SCIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Man, introverted man, having crossed
Subject(s): Science; Scientists


SCIENCE       
First Line: Man, introverted man, having crossed
Last Line: A drop from the oceans: who would have dreamed this infinitely too much?
Subject(s): Science


SECOND-BEST    Poem Text    
First Line: A celtic spearman forcing the cromlech-builder's brown daughter
Last Line: In this charged world: - write and be quiet
Subject(s): Writing & Writers; Life Modern


SECOND-BEST       
First Line: A celtic spearman forcing the cromlech-builder's brown daughter
Last Line: In the changed world: - write and be quiet


SELF-CRITICISM IN FEBRUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: The bay is not blue but sombre yellow
Last Line: Justice will prevail. I can tell lies in prose
Subject(s): Self-defeat; Self-knowledge; Disappointment


SELF-CRITICISM IN FEBRUARY       
First Line: The bay is not blue but sombre yellow
Last Line: Justice will soon prevail. I can tell lies in prose


SHAKESPEARE'S GRAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Doggerel,' he thought, 'will do for churchwardens
Subject(s): Consolation; Dramatists; Graves; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Tombs; Tombstones; Dramatists


SHAKESPEARE'S GRAVE       
First Line: Doggerel,' he thought, 'will do for churchwardens
Last Line: Will hardly leach,' he thought, 'this dust of that fire'
Subject(s): Consolation; Dramatists; Graves; Plays And Playwrights; Poetry And Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)


SHANE O'NEILL'S CAIRN       
First Line: When you and I on the palos verdes cliff
Last Line: How beautiful are both these nothings


SHANE ONEILLS CAIRN    Poem Text    
First Line: When you and I on the palos verdes cliff
Last Line: How beautiful are both these nothings
Subject(s): Life; Death; Beauty; Dead, The


SHINE, PERISHING REPUBLIC    Poem Text    
First Line: While this america settles in the mould of its vulgarity
Last Line: God, when he walked on earth
Subject(s): United States; Social Commentary; Religion; United States; America; Theology; America


SHINE, PERISHING REPUBLIC       
First Line: While this america settles in the mould of its vulgarity
Last Line: There is the trap that catches noblest spirits, that caught - %they say - god, when he walked on ear
Subject(s): Religion; United States


SHINE, REPUBLIC    Poem Text    
First Line: The quality of these trees, green height; of the sky, shining; of water, a clear flow
Last Line: The states of the next age will no doubt remember you, and edge their love of freedom with contempt
Subject(s): War; Social Commentary; Patriotism


SHINE, REPUBLIC       
First Line: The quality of these trees, green height; of the sky, shining, of water
Last Line: The states of the next age will no doubt remember you, and edge their love of freedom with contempt


SHIVA    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a hawk that is picking the birds out of our sky,
Last Line: Hang new heavens with new birds, all be renewed
Subject(s): Shiva (hindu God)


SHIVA       
First Line: There is a hawk that is picking the birds out of our sky
Last Line: Hang new heavens with new birds, all renewed


SHOOTING SEASON; IN THE NORTH OF SCOTLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: The whole countryside deployed on the hills of heather, an army with banners
Subject(s): Hunting; Scotland; Hunters


SHOOTING SEASON; IN THE NORTH OF SCOTLAND       
First Line: The whole countryside deployed on the hills of heather, an army with banners
Last Line: Old sports and delights. It is better to be dust
Subject(s): Hunting; Scotland


SIGN-POST    Poem Text    
First Line: Civilized, crying: how to be human again; this will tell you how.
Last Line: But born of the rock and the air, not of a woman
Subject(s): Civilization


SIGNPOST       
First Line: Civilized, crying how to be human again: this will tell you how
Last Line: But born of the rock and the air, not of a woman


SINVERGUENZA    Poem Text    
First Line: They snarl over spain like cur-dogs over a bone, then look at each other and
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


SINVERGUENZA       
First Line: They snarl over spain like cur-dogs over a bone, then look at each other and
Last Line: The first drops of a forming rain-storm
Subject(s): Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


SO MANY BLOOD-LAKES    Poem Text    
First Line: We have now won two world-wars, neither of which concerned us, we were
Last Line: So many blood-lakes: and we always fall in
Subject(s): Patriotism; War; Blood


SOLILOQUY    Poem Text    
First Line: August and laurelled have been content to speak for an age
Last Line: That sheds pleasure and pain like hailstones
Subject(s): Time


SOLILOQUY       
First Line: August and laurelled have been content to speak for an age
Last Line: That sheds pleasure and pain like hailstones


SONGS OF THE DEAD MEN TO THREE DANCERS: 1. TO DESIRE       
First Line: Who is she that is fragrant and desirable
Last Line: That you quickened the dead, that you lifted the flesh of the fleshless, ah goddess, ah! Dancing, us


SONGS OF THE DEAD MEN TO THREE DANCERS: 2. TO DEATH       
First Line: Was it lovely to lie among violets ablossom in the valleys of love
Last Line: That are warmest and best ... And an end ...


SONGS OF THE DEAD MEN TO THREE DANCERS: 3. TO VICTORY       
First Line: Use us again, you in the world only of goddesses worshipful now or adored
Last Line: Use us again, though but an hour: surely the prayer is as humble as the gift would be great, %helmet


STARS GO OVER THE LONELY OCEAN       
First Line: Unhappy about some far off things
Last Line: Said the gamey black-maned wild boar %tusking the turf on mal paso mountain
Subject(s): War


STEELHEAD       
First Line: The sky was cold december blue with great
Last Line: Pain and disease, misery, old age, god knows what worse?


STILL THE MIND SMILES    Poem Text    
First Line: The mind smiles at its own rebellions
Last Line: Antistrophe of desolation to the strophe multitude
Subject(s): Civilization


STILL THE MIND SMILES AT ITS OWN REBELLIONS       
Last Line: Antistrophe of desolation to the strophe multitude


STONE AXE       
First Line: Iron rusts, and bronzehas its green sickness


SUBJECTED EARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Walking in the flat oxfordshire fields
Last Line: And all its music to make, beats on the grave-mound
Subject(s): Earth; Graves; England; World; Tombs; Tombstones; English


SUBJECTED EARTH       
First Line: Walking in the flat oxfordshire fields
Last Line: And all its music to make, beats on the grave-mound


SUICIDE'S STONE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Peace is the heir of dead desire
Last Line: Before I denounced the covenant of courage
Subject(s): Suicide


SUICIDE'S STONE       
First Line: Peace is the heir of dead desire
Last Line: Before I denounced the covenant of change
Subject(s): Suicide


SUMMER HOLIDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: When the sun shouts and people abound
Last Line: In the rubbish dumps, a concrete dam far off in the mountain...
Subject(s): Time


SUMMER HOLIDAY       
First Line: When the sun shouts and people abound
Last Line: In the rubbish dumps, a concrete dam far off in the mountain


SUMMIT REDWOOD       
First Line: Only stand high a long enough time your lightning will come
Last Line: Exalted over the earth and the ocean, a theft like a star, secret %against the supreme sky


TAMAR    Poem Text    
First Line: A night the half-moon was like a dancing-girl
Subject(s): Nature


TAMAR       
First Line: A night the half-moon was like a dancing-girl
Last Line: The old trees, some of them scarred with fire, endure the sea wind
Subject(s): Nature


THE ANSWER    Poem Text    
First Line: Then what is the answer?- not to be deluded by dreams.
Last Line: Or drown in despair when his days darken
Subject(s): Integrity; Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


THE BEAKS OF EAGLES    Poem Text    
First Line: An eagle's nest on the head of an old redwood on one of the
Subject(s): Birds; Eagles


THE BEAUTY OF THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: To feel and speak the astonishing beauty of things – earth, stone and water
Last Line: The love, lust, longing: reasons, but not the reason
Subject(s): Nature; Landscape; Beauty


THE BED BY THE WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: I chose the bed down-stairs by the sea-window for a good death-bed
Last Line: "thumps with his staff, and calls thrice: ""come, jeffers."
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE BIRD WITH THE DARK PLUMES    Poem Text    
First Line: The bird with the dark plumes in my blood,
Last Line: To want hatred as to want love; and harder to win
Subject(s): Hate


THE BLOODY SIRE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: It is not bad. Let them play.
Subject(s): Violence; Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


THE BROADSTONE; NEAR FINVOY, COUNTY ANTRIM    Poem Text    
First Line: We climbed by the old quarries to the wide highland of heath
Subject(s): Antrim, Ireland


THE BROKEN BALANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The people buying and selling, consuming pleasures, talking in the archways,
Last Line: The arteries and walk in triumph on the faces
Subject(s): Earth; Human Behavior; Progress; World; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


THE CAGED EAGLE'S DEATH DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: At the one shot
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Airplanes; Air Pilots


THE COAST-ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: A horseman high alone as an eagle on the spur of the mountain
Last Line: Not the least hurt by this ribbon of road carved on their sea-foot
Subject(s): Pacific Ocean; Death; Dead, The


THE CRUEL FALCON    Poem Text    
First Line: Contemplation would make a good life, keep it strict, only
Last Line: To bruise himself on
Subject(s): Soul


THE CYCLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The clapping blackness of the wings of pointed cormorants
Last Line: One temper with the granite, bulking about here?
Subject(s): Progress; Nature


THE DAY IS A POEM (SEPTEMBER 19, 1939)    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: This morning hitler spoke in danzig, we hear his voice
Last Line: Painful to excess, inhuman as a hawk's cry
Subject(s): Hitler, Adolf (1889-1945); Poetry & Poets


THE DEAD TO CLEMENCEAU: NOVEMBER, 1929    Poem Text    
First Line: Come (we say) clemenceau
Subject(s): Clemenceau, Georges (1841-1929)


THE DEER LAY DOWN THEIR BONES    Poem Text    
First Line: I followed the narrow cliffside trail half way up the mountain
Last Line: New discovery may lie. The deer in that beautiful place lay down their bones: I must wear mine
Subject(s): Deer; Old Age; Death; Dead, The


THE EPIC STARS    Poem Text    
First Line: The heroic stars spending themselves
Last Line: Oh happy homer, taking the stars and the gods for granted
Subject(s): Stars; Heroism; Homer (10th Century B.c.); Heroes; Heroines; Iliad; Odyssey


THE EXCESSES OF GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Is it not by his superflousness we know
Last Line: If power and desire were perch-mates
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


THE EYE    Poem Text    
First Line: The atlantic is a stormy moat, and the mediterranean
Subject(s): Pacific Ocean; World War Ii; Second World War


THE GIANT'S RING: BALLYLESSON, NEAR BELFAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Whoever is able will pursue the plainly
Subject(s): Death; Ireland; Dead, The; Irish


THE GREAT EXPLOSION    Poem Text    
First Line: The universe expands and contracts like a great heart
Last Line: Of faceless violence, the root of all things
Subject(s): Universe; Astronomy & Astronomers


THE LOVING SHEPHERDESS    Poem Text    
First Line: The little one-room schoolhousc among the redwoods
Last Line: Of the solemn
Subject(s): Pregnancy; Shepherds & Shepherdesses; California; Death; Dead, The


THE MACHINE    Poem Text    
First Line: The little biplane that has the river-meadow for landing-field
Last Line: In the grave arrangement of the evening
Subject(s): Airships


THE MAID'S THOUGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Why listen, even the water is sobbing for something
Last Line: To make that burning flower
Subject(s): Longing


THE PLACE FOR NO STORY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The coast hills at sovranes creek
Last Line: But dilute the lonely self-watchful passion
Subject(s): Desolation; Nature; Landscape


THE PURSE-SEINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Our sardine fishermen work at night in the dark of the moon; daylight ...
Last Line: That cultures decay, and life's end is death
Subject(s): Environment; Fish & Fishing; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Anglers


THE SILENT SHEPHERDS    Poem Text    
First Line: What's the best life for a man?
Last Line: If any mind for a moment touch truth
Subject(s): Shepherds & Shepherdesses; Truth; God


THE STARS GO OVER THE LONELY OCEAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Unhappy about some far off things
Last Line: Tusking the turf on mal paso mountain
Subject(s): War


THE STONE AXE    Poem Text    
First Line: Iron rusts, and bronze has its green sickness; while flint, the hard stones, flint and chalcedony
Last Line: Look, dear, there comes the sun. My baby be born as quiet as that
Subject(s): War; Social Commentary


THE SUMMIT REDWOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Only stand high a long enough time your lightning
Last Line: Star, secret against the supreme sky
Subject(s): Sequoia Trees; Redwoods


THE TREASURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Mountains, a moment's earth-waves rising and hollowing
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


THE WOMEN ON CYTHAERON    Poem Text    
First Line: Not like a beast borne on the flood of passion, boat without oars, but mindful of all his dignity
Last Line: With my hands, a lion
Subject(s): Women


THE WORLD'S WONDERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Being now three or four years more than sixty
Last Line: Crawls in; and a tortured jew became god
Subject(s): Modern Life; Experience


THEBAID    Poem Text    
First Line: How many turn back towards dreams and magic, how many children
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed


THEBAID       
First Line: How many turn back towards dreams and magic, how many children
Last Line: Delirious with fevers of faith
Subject(s): Faith


THEIR BEAUTY HAS MORE MEANING    Poem Text    
First Line: Yesterday morning enormous the moon hung low on the ocean
Last Line: Than the whole human race and the race of birds
Subject(s): Beauty; Nature


THEORY OF TRUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: I stand near soberanes creek, on the knoll over the sea, west of the road
Subject(s): Truth


THEORY OF TRUTH       
First Line: I stand near soberanes creek, on the knoll over the sea, west of the road
Last Line: Until the mind has turned its love from itself and man, from parts to the whole
Subject(s): Truth


THURSO'S LANDING       
First Line: The coast-road was being straightened and repaired again
Last Line: And worst of four: and at last the unhappiest: but that's nothing


TIME OF DISTURBANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The best is, in war or faction or ordinary vindictive
Last Line: To strike dead than strike often. It is better not to strike
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


TO A YOUNG ARTIST    Poem Text    
First Line: It is good for strength not to be merciful
Last Line: And shards in the temple porches, turn home
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Youth


TO A YOUNG ARTIST       
First Line: It is good for strength not to be merciful


TO DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: I think of you as a great king, cold and austere
Last Line: We are intelligent too; we shall turn and bow down our heads
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


TO HIS FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Christ was your lord and captain all your life
Subject(s): Fathers


TO HIS FATHER       
First Line: Christ was your lord and captain all your life
Last Line: Of life, the snow-wreathed honor of extreme age
Subject(s): Fathers


TO THE ROCK THAT WILL BE A CORNERSTONE OF THE HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Old garden of grayish and ochre lichen
Last Line: How dear you will be to me when I too grow old, old comrade.
Subject(s): Houses; Time


TO THE STONE CUTTERS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Stone-cutters fighting time with marble, you foredefeated
Last Line: The honey of peace in old poems
Variant Title(s): To The Stone-cutters
Subject(s): Stones; Transience; Granite; Rocks; Impermanence


TO THE STONE CUTTERS       
First Line: Stone-cutters fighting time with marble, you foredefeated
Last Line: The honey of peace in old poems
Variant Title(s): To The Stone-cutter
Subject(s): Stones; Transience


TO THIS HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: I am heaping the bones of the old mother
Last Line: The sea and the secret earth gave bonds to affirm you
Subject(s): Home


TOR HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: If you should look for this place after a handful
Last Line: With the mad wings and the day moon
Subject(s): Carmel, California


TOR HOUSE       
First Line: If you should look for this place after a handful of lifetimes
Last Line: With the mad wings and the day moon


TOWER BEYOND TRAGEDY       
First Line: You'd never have thought the queen was helen's sister
Last Line: To him who had climbed the tower beyond time, consciously, and cast humanity, entered an the earlier


TRAP       
First Line: I am not well civilized, really alien here: trust me not
Last Line: The intolerable nobler alternative


TREASURE       
First Line: Mountains, a moment's earth-waves rising and hollowing
Last Line: Before the man spoke it was there, and after he has spoken he gathers it, inexhaustible treasure
Subject(s): Religion


TRIAD       
First Line: Science, that makes wheels turn, cities grow
Last Line: Who is very beautiful, but hardly a friend of humanity


TRUCE AND THE PEACE (NOVEMBER, 1918)       
First Line: Peace now for every fury has her day
Last Line: We never knew till then that he was there
Subject(s): Peace; World War I


TRUMPET, SELS.       


TWO CHRISTMAS CARDS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: The seas netted with ambushes
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


TWO CHRISTMAS CARDS: 1       
First Line: The seas netted with ambushes
Last Line: Of the veils under veils of the vanished englands
Subject(s): World War Ii


TWO CHRISTMAS CARDS: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: For an hour on christmas eve
Subject(s): World War Ii; Second World War


TWO CHRISTMAS CARDS: 2       
First Line: For an hour on christmas eve
Last Line: And the ox knelt down at midnight
Subject(s): World War Ii


UNNATURAL POWERS       
First Line: For fifty thousand years man has been dreaming of powers
Last Line: Like a poisonous insect, and no god pities him


VULTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: I had walked since dawn and lay down to rest on a bare hillside
Last Line: What a sublime end of one's body, what and enskyment; what a life after death
Subject(s): Vultures


VULTURE       
First Line: I had walked since dawn and lay down to rest on a bare hillside
Last Line: What a sublime end of one's body, what an enskyment; what a life after death
Subject(s): Vultures


WATCH THE LIGHTS FADE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Gray steel, cloud-shadow-stained
Last Line: Sea-wind salts your head white
Subject(s): Future; United States; America


WATCH THE LIGHTS FADE       
First Line: Gray steel, cloud-shadow-stained
Last Line: Sea-wind salts your head white


WE ARE THOSE PEOPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have abhorred the wars and despised the liars, laughed at the frightened
Last Line: Our women uncover themselves to the grinning victors for bits of chocolate
Subject(s): War; Future; Defeat


WHAT ARE CITIES FOR?    Poem Text    
First Line: The earth has covered sicilian syracuse, there asphodel grows
Subject(s): Cities; Time; Urban Life


WHAT ARE CITIES FOR?       
First Line: The earth has covered sicilian syracuse, there asphodel grows
Last Line: Be the poorer by many beautiful agonies
Subject(s): Cities; Time


WHERE I?       
First Line: This woman cannot live more than one year
Last Line: Or is it better to live at ease, dully and long?


WIND-STRUCK MUSIC       
First Line: Ed stiles and old tom birnam went up to their cattle on the bare hills
Last Line: Men's lives, and beyond comparison more beautiful; the wind-struck music man's bones were moulded to


WINGED ROCK       
First Line: The flesh of the house is heavy sea-orphaned stone, imagination of the house
Last Line: The sudden attentive passages of hawks


WISE MEN IN THEIR BAD HOURS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Wise men in their bad hours have envied
Last Line: And a few dead men's thoughts have the same temper
Subject(s): Mortality; Wisdom


WISE MEN IN THEIR BAD HOURS HAVE ENVIED       
Last Line: And a few dead men's thoughts have the same temper


WOMAN ON CYTHAERON       
First Line: Not like a beast borne on the flood of passion, but without


WOMEN AT POINT SUR: 12       
First Line: Here were new idols again to praise him
Last Line: These here have gone mad: but stammer the tragedy you crackled vessels


WOODROW WILSON (FEBRUARY, 1924)    Poem Text    
First Line: It said 'come home, here in an end'
Subject(s): Wilson, Woodrow (1856-1924)


WOODROW WILSON (FEBRUARY, 1924)       
First Line: It said 'come home, here in an end'
Last Line: Worse pain, the bitter enlightment that buys peace
Subject(s): Wilson, Woodrow (1856-1924)