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Author: LARKIN, PHILIP
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Larkin, Philip    Poet's Biography
354 poems available by this author


A STUDY OF READING HABITS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: When getting my nose in a book
Subject(s): Books; Hate; Reading


ABSENCES       
First Line: Rain patters on a sea that tilts and sighs
Last Line: They shift to giant ribbing, sift away. %such attics cleared of me! Such absences!


ADMINISTRATION       
First Line: Day by day your estimation clocks up
Last Line: And girls you have to tell to pull their socks up %are those whose pants you'd most like to pull dow


AFTER-DINNER REMARKS: 1       
First Line: A good meal can somewhat repair
Last Line: Instruct and clean, perhaps elide %what evil thought was bearing seed, %and must spring up no more


AFTER-DINNER REMARKS: 2       
First Line: Pondering reflections as
Last Line: She will not teach who will not sing, %and what serves, on the final bank, %our logic and our wit?


AFTER-DINNER REMARKS: 3       
First Line: Who for events to come to him
Last Line: Be neither aaron nor a tess %but ony see, through staling tears, %a quickly-spawning doubt


AFTER-DINNER REMARKS: 4       
First Line: Choose what you can: I do remain
Last Line: The hour that strikes across the town %caresses all and injures none %as sleep approaches them


AFTERNOONS       
First Line: Summer is fading
Last Line: Their beauty has thickened. %something is pushing them %to the side of their own lives


AGE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: My age fallen away like white swaddling
Last Line: Or spoor of pads, or a bird's adept splay
Subject(s): Aging


AGE       
First Line: My age fallen away like white swaddling
Last Line: To know what prints I leave, whether of feet, %or spoor of pads, or a bird's adept splay
Subject(s): Aging


ALL CATCHES ALIGHT       
Last Line: For they are gone from earth


ALL CATCHES ALIGHT       
Last Line: Till centuries of springs %and all their buried men %stand on the earth again. %a drum taps: a wintr


AMBULANCES    Poem Text    
First Line: Closed like confessionals, they thread
Subject(s): Ambulances


AMBULANCES       
First Line: Closed like confessionals, they thread
Last Line: Brings closer what is left to come, %and dulls to distance all we are
Subject(s): Ambulances


AN ARUNDEL TOMB    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Side by side, their faces blurred
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Love; Mourning; Graveyards; Bereavement


AND NOW THE LEAVES SUDDENLY LOSE STRENGTH       
Last Line: Villein with mattock, soldiers on their shields, %all silent, watching the winter coming on


ANNUS MIRABILIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sexual intercourse began
Subject(s): Bands; Beatles, The; Love - Erotic; Music & Musicians; Orchestras


ANNUS MIRABILIS       
First Line: Sexual intercourse began
Last Line: (though just too late for me) - %between the end of the chatterley ban %and the beatles' first lp
Subject(s): Bands; Beatles, The; Erotic Love; Music And Musicians


APE EXPERIMENT ROOM       
First Line: Buried among white rooms
Last Line: And below, the smaller, eared %head like a grave nut, %and the arms folded round


APRIL SUNDAY BRINGS THE SNOW       
Last Line: Behind the glass, under the cellophane, %remains your final summer - sweet %and meaningless, and not


ARRIVAL       
First Line: Morning, a glass door, flashes
Last Line: Till my own life impound it - %slow-falling; grey-veil-hung;a theft, %a style of dying only


ARRIVALS, DEPARTURES       
First Line: This town has docks where channel boats come sidling
Last Line: How safely we may disregard their blowing, %or if, this night, happiness too is going


ARUNDEL TOMB       
First Line: Side by side, their faces blurred
Last Line: Our almost-instinct almost true: %what will survive of us is love
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Love; Mourning


AS A WAR IN YEARS OF PEACE       
Last Line: What, remembered, still seems glowing %as all of you. Indifference?


AS BAD AS A MILE       
First Line: Watching the shied core
Last Line: Earlier and earlier, the unraised hand calm, %the apple unbitten in the palm


AT GRASS       
First Line: The eye can hardly pick them out
Last Line: Or curious stop-watch prophesies: %only the groom, and the groom's boy, %with bridles in the evening


AT THE CHIMING OF LIGHT UPON SLEEP       
Last Line: On the crest of the sun: unlock %the words and seeds that drove %adam out of his undeciduous grove


AT THIRTY-ONE, WHEN SOME ARE RICH       
Last Line: Of self-contempt, of boredom too, ascends. %what use is an endearment and a joke?


AUBADE    Poem Text    
First Line: I work all day, and get half-drunk at night
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


AUBADE       
First Line: I work all day, and get half-drunk at night
Last Line: Work has to be done. %postmen like doctors go from house to house
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers


AUTOBIOGRAPHY AT AN AIR-STATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Delay, well, travellers must expect
Last Line: So much on this assumption. Now it's failed
Subject(s): Air Travel


AUTOBIOGRAPHY AT AN AIR-STATION       
First Line: Delay, well, travellers must expect
Last Line: Begins to ebb outside, by fear; I set %so much on this assumption. Now it's failed
Subject(s): Air Travel


AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: The air deals blows: surely too hard, too often?
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Fall


AUTUMN       
First Line: The air deals blows: surely too hard, too often?
Last Line: And the case of butterflies so rich it looks %as if all summer settled there and died
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons


AUTUMN HAS CAUGHT US IN OUR SUMMER WEAR       
Last Line: Outside, the frost will bite, thaw, then return; %inside, the candle will burn


BEST SOCIETY       
First Line: When I was a child, I thought
Last Line: And like a sea-anemone %or simple snail, there cautiously %unfolds, emerges, what I am


BORN YESTERDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Tightly-folded bud, / I have wished you something
Subject(s): Birth; Life Change Events; Child Birth; Midwifery


BORN YESTERDAY       
First Line: Tightly-folded bud, %I have wished you something
Last Line: If that is what a skilled, %vigilant, flexible, %unemphasised, enthralled %catching of happiness is
Subject(s): Birth; Life Change Events


BOTTLE IS DRUNK OUT BY ONE       
Last Line: The first steps going down the unswept street, %voices of girls with scarves around their heads


BREADFRUIT       
First Line: Boys dream of native girls who bring breadfruit
Last Line: Maturity falls, when old men sit and dream %of naked native girls who bring breadfruit %whatever the


BRIDGE FOR THE LIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: Isolate city spread alongside water
Subject(s): Bridges


BRIDGE FOR THE LIVING       
First Line: Isolate city spread alongside water
Last Line: The best of what we are and hold as true: %always it is by bridges that we live
Subject(s): Bridges


BROADCAST       
First Line: Giant whispering and coughing from
Last Line: Leaving me desperate to pick out %your hands, tiny in all that air, applauding


BUILDING       
First Line: Higher than the handsomest hotel
Last Line: The coming dark, though crowds each evening try %with wasteful, weak, propitiatory flowers


BY DAY, A LIFTED STUDY-STOREHOUSE       
First Line: By day, a lifted study-storehouse; night
Last Line: Whichever's shown, the symbol is the same: %knowledge; a university; a name


CARD-PLAYERS       
First Line: Jan van hogspeuw staggers to the door
Last Line: Gobs at the grate, and hits the queen of hearts. %rain, wind and fire! The secret, bestial peace!


CHURCH GOING    Poem Text    
First Line: Once I am sure there's nothing going on
Subject(s): Churches; Religion; Cathedrals; Theology


CHURCH GOING       
First Line: Once I am sure there's nothing going on
Last Line: If only that so many dead lie round
Subject(s): Churches; Religion


CLIMBING THE HILL WITHIN THE DEAFENING WIND       
Last Line: The heart in its own endless silence kneeling


CLIMBING THE HILL WITHIN THE DEAFENING WIND       
Last Line: The walking of girls' vulnerable feet, %the heart in its own endless silence kneeling


COME THEN TO PRAYERS       
Last Line: And the waves sing because they are moving. %and the waves sing above a cemetery of waters


COMING    Poem Text    
First Line: On longer evenings
Subject(s): Spring


COMING       
First Line: On longer evenings
Last Line: And can understand nothing %but the unusual laughter, %and starts to be happy
Subject(s): Spring


COMING AT LAST TO NIGHT'S MOST THANKFUL SPRINGS       
Last Line: Not worth the carrying, when held before %the full moon trav elling through her shepherdless fields


COMPLINE       
First Line: Behind the radio's altarlight
Last Line: Better that endless notes beseech %as many nights, as many dawns, %if finally god grants the wish


CONSCRIPT       
First Line: The ego's county he inherited
Last Line: Which would not give him time to follow further %the details of his own defeat and murder


CONTINUING TO LIVE       
First Line: Continuing to live - that is, repeat
Last Line: Just what it was, is hardly satisfying, %since it applied only to one man once, %and that one dying


COUNTING       
First Line: Thinking in terms of one
Last Line: But counting up to two %is harder to do; %for one must be denied %before it's tried


CUT GRASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Cut grass lies frail:
Subject(s): Mowing & Mowers; Grass; Transience; Lawn Mowers; Impermanence


CUT GRASS       
First Line: Cut grass lies frail
Last Line: White lilac bowed, %lost lanes of queen anne's lace, %and that high-builded cloud %moving at summer'


DAILY THINGS WE DO       
Last Line: The circumstance we cause %in time gives rise to us, %becomes our memory


DANCE       
First Line: Drink, sex and jazz - all sweet things, brother: far
Last Line: Endless receding saturdays, their dense %and spot-light-fingered glut %of never-resting hair-dos; un


DANCER       
First Line: Butterfly %or fallen leaf
Last Line: The moon, the anchorless %moon go swerving %down at the earth for a catastrophic kiss


DAWN       
First Line: To wake, and hear a cock
Last Line: How strange it is %for the heart to be loveless, and as cold as these


DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: What are days for?
Subject(s): Day; Time


DAYS       
First Line: What are days for?
Last Line: Brings the priest and the doctor %in their long coats %running over the fields
Subject(s): Day; Time


DEAR CHARLES, MY MUSE, ASLEEP OR DEAD    Poem Text    


DEAR CHARLES, MY MUSE, ASLEEP OR DEAD       
Last Line: Admiration; friendship too; %and hope that in the future you%reap ever richer revenue
Subject(s): Causley, Charles (1917-2003)


DECEPTIONS       
First Line: Even so distant, I can taste the grief
Last Line: Than he was, stumbling up the breathless stair %to burst into fulfilment's desolate attic


DEDICATED       
First Line: Some must employ the scythe
Last Line: Perch once, and then depart %their knowledge. After, they wait %only the colder advent, %the quenchi


DEEP ANALYSIS       
First Line: I am a woman lying on a leaf
Last Line: Having only your grief under my mouth %because of the darkness


DISINTEGRATION       
First Line: Time running beneath the pillow wakes
Last Line: Time points the simian camera in the head %upon confusion to be seen and seen


DOCKERY AND SON    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Relationships; Disappointment; Ancestors & Ancestry; Middle Age' Universities And Colleges; Youth; Heritage; Heredity


DOCKERY AND SON       
First Line: Dockery was junior to you
Last Line: And leaves what something hidden from us chose, %and age, and then the only end of age


DUBLINESQUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Down stucco sidestreets,
Subject(s): Dublin, Ireland; Funerals; Burials


DUBLINESQUE       
First Line: Down stucco sidestreets
Last Line: As they wend away %a voice is heard singing %of kitty, or katy, %as if the name meant once %all love


ESSENTIAL BEAUTY       
First Line: In frames as large as rooms that face all ways
Last Line: No match lit up, nor drag ever brought near, %who now stands newly clear, %smiling, and recognising,


EXPLOSION       
First Line: On the day of the explosion
Last Line: Somehow from the sun towards them, %one showing the eggs unbroken
Subject(s): Disasters; Mines And Miners


FAITH HEALING    Poem Text    
First Line: Slowly the women file to where he stands
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


FAITH HEALING       
First Line: Slowly the women file to where he stands
Last Line: Spreads slowly through them - that, and the voice above %saying dear child, and all time has disprov
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


FAR OUT       
First Line: Beyond the bright cartoons
Last Line: For such evasive dust %can make so little clear: %much less is known than not, %more far than near


FICTION AND THE READING PUBLIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Give me a thrill, says the reader
Subject(s): Books; Reading


FICTION AND THE READING PUBLIC       
First Line: Give me a thrill, says the reader
Last Line: Just please me for two generations - %you'll be 'truly great'
Subject(s): Books


FIRST SIGHT       
First Line: Lambs that learn to walk in snow
Last Line: They could not grasp it if they knew, %what so soon will wake and grow %utterly unlike the snow


FOR SIDNEY BECHET    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: That note you hold, narrowing and rising, shakes
Subject(s): Bechet, Sidney Joseph (1897-1959); Jazz; Music & Musicians


FOR SIDNEY BECHET       
First Line: That note you hold, narrowing and rising, shakes
Last Line: And greeted as the natural noise of good, %scattering long-haired grief and scored pity
Subject(s): Bechet, Sidney Joseph (1897-1959); Jazz; Music And Musicians


FORGET WHAT DID       
First Line: Stopping the diary
Last Line: Celestial recurrences, %the day the flowers come, %and when the birds go


FRAGMENT FROM MAY       
First Line: Stands the spring! - heralded by its bright-clothed
Last Line: Of fresh youth's cheek; they lightly throw their charms %into the fragrance of the deep, wet grass


FRIDAY NIGHT IN THE ROYAL STATION HOTEL       
First Line: Light spreads darkly downwards from the high
Last Line: (if home existed) letters of exile: now %night comes on. Waves fold behind villages


GATHERING WOOD       
First Line: On short, still days
Last Line: Soon air-frosts haze %snow-thickened shires; %o short, stilldays! %o burrow fires!


GOING       
First Line: There is an evening coming in
Last Line: What loads my hands down?
Variant Title(s): Dying Da


GOING, GOING       
First Line: I thought it would last my time
Last Line: I just think it will happen, soon


GOOD FOR YOU, GAVIN       
First Line: It's easy to write when you've nothing to write about
Last Line: Your riotous road-show's like glenlivet nightly, %a warming to us all


HAVING GROWN UP IN SHADE OF CHURCH AND STATE       
Last Line: A graceful player! True? Perhaps. Benign, %we diagnose a case of good old sex


HE HEARS THAT HIS BELOVED HAS BECOME ENGAGED    Poem Text    
First Line: When she came on, you couldn't keep your seat
Last Line: You'll only change her. Till, I'm sure you're right
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


HE HEARS THAT HIS BELOVED HAS BECOME ENGAGED       
First Line: When she came on, you couldn't keep your seat
Last Line: In saying love, but meaning interference? %you'll only change her. Still, I'm sure you're right
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


HEADS IN THE WOMEN'S WARD    Poem Text    
First Line: On pillow after pillow lies
Subject(s): Old Age; Women


HEADS IN THE WOMEN'S WARD       
First Line: On pillow after pillow lies
Last Line: Smiles are for youth. For old age come %death's terror and delirium
Subject(s): Old Age; Women


HEAVIEST OF FLOWERS, THE HEAD       
Last Line: And then decay


HEAVIEST OF FLOWERS, THE HEAD       
Last Line: Like fallen apples, they will lose %their sweetness at the bruise, %and then decay


HERE       
First Line: Swerving east, from rich industrial shadows
Last Line: Of shapes and shingle. Here is unfenced existence: %facing the sun, untalkative, out of reach


HIGH WINDOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: When I see a couple of kids
Subject(s): Sin


HIGH WINDOWS       
First Line: When I see a couple of kids
Last Line: And beyond it, the deep blue air, that shows %nothing, and is nowhere, and is endless
Subject(s): Sin


HIGH WINDOWS       
First Line: When I see a couple of kids
Last Line: Nothing, and is nowhere, and is endless


HILLS IN THEIR RECUMBENT POSTURES       
Last Line: If one should fall among these farms, %would not the lake reflect the sky?'


HOMAGE TO A GOVERNMENT       
First Line: Next year we are to bring the soldiers home
Last Line: Our children will not know it's a different country. %all we can hope to leave them now is money


HOMAGE TO A GOVERNMENT       
First Line: Next year we are to bring the soldiers home
Last Line: All we can hope to leave them now is money


HOME IS SO SAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Home is so sad. It stays as it was left
Subject(s): Home


HOME IS SO SAD       
First Line: Home is so sad. It stays as it was left
Last Line: Look at the pictures and the cutlery. %the music in the piano stool. That vase


HORNS OF THE MORNING       
Last Line: Earth grown before


HORNS OF THE MORNING       
Last Line: For never so brilliant, %neither so silent %nor so unearthly, has %earth grown before


HOSPITAL VISITS       
First Line: At length to hospital
Last Line: This meant (since it was begun &weeks back) he died again as she came away


HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE SERIOUS WOOD       
Last Line: Where weakness was part of the ordinary landscape %and the friendly road knew his footstep, his foot


HOW       
First Line: How high they build hospitals!
Last Line: How few people are, %held apart by acres %of housing, and children %with their shallow violent eyes


HOW DISTANT       
First Line: How distant, the departure of young men
Last Line: The huge decisions printed out by feet %inventing where theytread, %the random windows conjuring a s


HOW TO SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: Child in the womb
Last Line: And a loss of stature
Subject(s): Sleep


HOW TO SLEEP       
First Line: Child in the womb
Last Line: Must be won without pride, %with a nod from nature, %with a lack of strain, %and a loss of stature
Subject(s): Sleep


I AM WASHED UPON A ROCK       
Last Line: That to a milder shore might come %and, years ahead, erect a crop


I DREAMED OF AN OUT-THRUST ARM OF LAND       
Last Line: And a cold hill of stars


I DREAMED OF AN OUT-THRUST ARM OF LAND       
Last Line: And I was empty of tears, %on the edge of a bricked and streeted sea %and a cold hill of stars


I HAVE STARTED TO SAY       
Last Line: All that's left to happen %is some deaths (my own included).%their order, and their manner, %remain


I PUT MY MOUTH       
Last Line: You have no death to come


I PUT MY MOUTH       
Last Line: Crying for stillness, you have no mind %trembling with seraphim, %you have no death to come


I REMEMBER, I REMEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: Coming up england by a different line
Subject(s): Nostalgia


I REMEMBER, I REMEMBER       
First Line: Coming up england by a different line
Last Line: I suppose it's not the place's fault,' I said. %'nothing, like something, happens anywhere.'
Subject(s): Nostalgia


I SEE A GIRL DRAGGED BY THE WRISTS       
Last Line: Then as I pray it may for sanctuary %descend at last to me, %and put into my hand its golden horn


IF GRIEF COULD BURN OUT    Poem Text    


IF GRIEF COULD BURN OUT       
Last Line: Heart lies impotent


IF GRIEF COULD BURN OUT       
Last Line: The flames have left, %and grief stirs, and the deft %heart lies impotent
Subject(s): Grief


IF HANDS COULD FREE YOU, HEART       
Last Line: To rest my head


IF HANDS COULD FREE YOU, HEART       
Last Line: All beauty under the sun - %still end in loss: %I should find no bent arm, no bed %to rest my head


IF, MY DARLING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: If my darling were once to decide
Last Line: Might knock my darling off her unpriceable pivot
Subject(s): Fairy Tales; Man-woman Relationships; Reality; Male-female Relations


IGNORANCE       
First Line: Strange to know nothing, never to be sure
Last Line: And yet spend all our life on imprecisions, %that when we start to die %have no idea why


IMPORTANCE OF ELSEWHERE       
First Line: Lonely in ireland, since it was not home
Last Line: Here no elsewhere underwrites my existence


IN TIMES WHEN NOTHING STOOD       
Last Line: There was one constant good: %she did not change


IS IT FOR NOW OR FOR ALWAYS    Poem Text    


IS IT FOR NOW OR FOR ALWAYS       
Last Line: I take you now and for always, %for always is always now
Subject(s): Love - Marital


KICK UP THE FIRE       
First Line: Kick up the fire, and let the flames break loose
Last Line: Across the mind of this prolific plant, %dumb idleness


KICK UP THE FIRE, AND LET THE FLAMES BREAK LOOSE       
Last Line: Or watch the sad increase %across the mind of this prolific plant, %dumb idleness?


LARGE COOL STORE       
First Line: The large cool store selling cheap clothes
Last Line: Or in our young unreal wishes %seem to be: synthetic, new, %and natureless in ecstasies


LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT       
First Line: Anxious to publicise and pay our dues
Last Line: Herewith we close, with time's apology %for the ephemeral injury, %on this 26th of july, 1940


LATEST FACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Latest face, so effortless
Last Line: And murder and not understand?
Subject(s): Beauty


LATEST FACE       
First Line: Latest face, so effortless
Last Line: Stay out of sight and double round, %leap from the sun with mask and brand %and murder and not under


LETTER TO A FRIEND ABOUT GIRLS       
First Line: After comparing lives with you for years
Last Line: What makes you be so lucky in your ratio %one of those 'morethings', could it be? Horatio


LIFE WITH A HOLE IN IT       
First Line: When I throw back my head and howl
Last Line: They strain round a hollow stasis %of havings-to, fear, faces. %days sift down it constantly. Years


LIFT THROUGH THE BREAKING DAY       
Last Line: Till all's beyond death's reach, %and empty shells reply %that all things flourish


LIKE THE TRAIN'S BEAT       
Last Line: In a bird's throat, issuing meaningless %through written skies; a voice %watering a stony place


LIKE THE TRAIN'S HEAT       
Last Line: Watering a stony place


LIMERICK (1)       
First Line: There was an old fellow of kaber
Last Line: He replied, 'I refuse,' %but charles called, 'you must love your neighbour'


LIMERICK (2)       
First Line: There was an old fellow of kaber
Last Line: He cried, 'god, I must run,' %but charles called, 'you must love your neighbour'


LINES ON A YOUNG LADY'S PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: At last you yielded up the album, which
Subject(s): Love


LINES ON A YOUNG LADY'S PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM       
First Line: At last you yielded up the album, which
Last Line: Unvariably lovely there, %smaller and clearer as the years go by
Subject(s): Love


LITERARY WORLD: 1       
First Line: My dear kafka
Last Line: Then you'll know about depression
Subject(s): Kafka, Franz (1883-1924)


LITERARY WORLD: 2       
First Line: Mrs alfred tennyson
Last Line: While all this was going on %mister alfred tennyson sat like a baby %doing his poetic business
Subject(s): Tennyson, Alfred (1809-1892)


LITTLE LIVES OF EARTH AND FORM       
Last Line: I see the rock, the clay, the chalk, %the flattened grass, the swaying stalk, %and it is you I see


LIVINGS: 1       
First Line: I deal with farmers, things like dips and feed
Last Line: He used to but the business now is mine. %it's time for change, in nineteen twenty-nine


LIVINGS: 2       
First Line: Seventy feet down
Last Line: I set plate and spoon, %and after, divining-cards. %lit shelved liners %grope like mad worlds westwa


LIVINGS: 3       
First Line: Tonight we dine without the master
Last Line: Dusty shelves hold prayers and proofs: %above, chaldean constellations %sparkle over crowded roofs


LOCAL SNIVELS THROUGH THE FIELDS       
Last Line: Death will be such another thing, %all we have done not mattering


LONG LAST       
First Line: Suddenly, not long before
Last Line: What can it do each day %but hunt that imminent door %through which all that understood %has hidden


LONG LION DAYS       
Last Line: Whatever conceived %now fully leaved, %abounding, ablaze - %o long lion days!


LONG ROOTS MOOR SUMMER TO OUR SIDE OF EARTH       
Last Line: Reply can the vast flowering strike from us, %unless it be the one %you make today in london: to be


LONG SIGHT IN AGE    Poem Text    
First Line: They say eyes clear with age
Subject(s): Time


LONG SIGHT IN AGE       
First Line: They say eyes clear with age
Last Line: Wrinkling away the gold %wind-ridden waves - all these, %they say, come back to focus %as we grow ol
Subject(s): Time


LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The difficult part of love
Subject(s): Love


LOVE       
First Line: The difficult part of love
Last Line: Is ever wholly rebuffed, %and he can get stuffed
Subject(s): Love


LOVE AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Love again: wanking at ten past three
Subject(s): Love - Lost


LOVE AGAIN       
First Line: Love again: wanking at ten past three
Last Line: Something to do with violence %a long way back, and wrong rewards, %and arrogant eternity


LOVE SONGS IN AGE       
First Line: She kept her songs, they took so little space
Last Line: To pile them back, to cry, %was hard, without lamely admitting how %it had not done so then, and cou


LOVE WE MUST PART    Poem Text    
First Line: Love, we must part now: do not let it be
Subject(s): Love; Farewell; Parting


LOVE, WE MUST PART NOW       
First Line: Love, we must part now: do not let it be
Last Line: Break from an estuary with their courses set, %and waving part, and waving drop from sight
Variant Title(s): Love, We Must Part Now: Do Not Let It B


MAIDEN NAME    Poem Text    
First Line: Marrying left your maiden name disused
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


MAIDEN NAME       
First Line: Marrying left your maiden name disused
Last Line: Instead of losing shape and meaning less %with your depreciating luggage laden
Subject(s): Marriage


MANY FAMOUS FEET HAVE TROD       
Last Line: Cannot keep silence. What else should magnetize %our drudging, hypocritical, ecstatic life?


MARCH PAST       
First Line: The march interrupted the light afternoon
Last Line: So light they can awake and occupy %an absent mind when any march goes by


MARRIAGES       
First Line: When those of us who seem
Last Line: Whether they forget %what they wanted first or not %they tarnish at quiet anchor
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage


MATURITY       
First Line: A stationary sense...As, I suppose
Last Line: This pantomime %of compensating act and counter-act, %defeatand counterfeit, makes up, in fact, %my


MAY WEATHER       
First Line: A month ago in fields
Last Line: Summer's impressive lie - %upon whose every day %so many ruined are %may could not make aware


MCMXIV    Poem Text    
First Line: Those long uneven lines
Subject(s): Past; Innocence


MCMXIV [1914]    Poem Text    
First Line: Those long uneven lines
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


MCMXIV [1914]       
First Line: Those long uneven lines
Last Line: The thousands of marriages %lasting a little while longer: %never such innocence again
Subject(s): World War I


MIDSUMMER NIGHT, 1940       
First Line: The sun falls behind wales; the towns and hills
Last Line: Alternate shows of dynamite and rain; %and choosing forced on free will: fire or ice


MIDWINTER WAKING       
First Line: Paws there. Snout there as well. Mustiness. Mould
Last Line: Morning, perhaps; but not a proper one. %turn. Sleep will unshell us, but not yet


MODESTIES       
First Line: Words as plain as hen-birds' wings
Last Line: Weeds are not supposed to grow, %but by degrees %some achieve a flower, although %no one sees


MONEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Quarterly, is it, money reproaches me
Subject(s): Money


MONEY       
First Line: Quarterly, is it, money reproaches me
Last Line: The slums, the canal, the churches ornate and mad %in the evening sun. It is intensely sad
Subject(s): Money


MOON IS FULL TONIGHT       
Last Line: Wherewith to fill its cup, %or mint a second moon, a paradise? - %for they are gone from earth


MORNING AT LAST: THERE IN THE SNOW       
Last Line: But when they vanish with the rain %what morning woke to will remain, %whether as happiness or pain


MORNING HAS SPREAD AGAIN       
Last Line: More times than I can number on one hand


MORNING HAS SPREAD AGAIN       
Last Line: I wonder love can have already set %in dreams, when we've not met %more times than I can number on o


MOTHER, SUMMER, I    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother, who hates thunderstorms
Subject(s): Mothers


MOTHER, SUMMER, I       
First Line: My mother, who hates thunderstorms
Last Line: I can't confront: I must await %a time less bold, less rich,less clear: an autumn more appropriate
Subject(s): Mothers


MOWER       
First Line: The mower stalled, twice; kneeling, I found
Last Line: Of each other, we should be kind %while there is still time


MR. BLEANEY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: This was mr. Bleaney's room. He stayed
Subject(s): Christmas; Holidays; Nativity, The


MR. BLEANEY       
First Line: This was mr. Bleaney's room. He stayed
Last Line: Than one hired box should make him pretty sure %he warranted no better, I don't know
Subject(s): Christmas; Holidays


MYTHOLOGICAL INTRODUCTION       
First Line: A white girl lay on the grass
Last Line: And spread her arms wide; %and the webbed earth where she had lain %had eaten away her side


MYXOMATOSIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Caught in the centre of a soundless field
Subject(s): Animals; Disease; Rabbits; Hares


MYXOMATOSIS       
First Line: Caught in the centre of a soundless field
Last Line: You may have thought things would come right again %if you could only keep quite still and wait
Subject(s): Animals; Disease; Rabbits


NATURALLY THE FOUNDATION WILL BEAR YOUR EXPENSES       
First Line: Hurrying to catch my comet
Last Line: And dwindle off down auster %to greet professor lal %(he once met morgan forster), %my contact and m


NEGATIVE INDICATIVE       
First Line: Never to walk from the station's lamps and laurels
Last Line: And remember the year has turned, and feel the air %alive with the emblematic sound of water


NEUROTICS       
First Line: No one gives you a thought, as day by day
Last Line: And skirts locked rooms where a hired darkness ends %your long defence against the non-existent


NEW EYES EACH YEAR       
Last Line: So youth and age %like ink and page %in this house join, %minting new coin


NEW YEAR POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: The short afternoon ends, and the year is over
Subject(s): Christmas; Holidays; New Year; Nativity, The


NEW YEAR POEM       
First Line: The short afternoon ends, and the year is over
Last Line: Us who need you, and are affected by your fortune; %us you should love and to whom you should give y
Subject(s): Christmas; Holidays; New Year


NEXT, PLEASE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Always too eager for the future, we
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


NEXT, PLEASE       
First Line: Always too eager for the future, we
Last Line: A huge and birdless silence. In her wake %no waters breed or break
Subject(s): Death


NIGHT-MUSIC       
First Line: At one the wind rose
Last Line: The stars sang in their sockets through the night: %'blow bright, blow bright %the coal of this unqu


NO ROAD       
First Line: Since we agreed to let the road between us %fall to disuse
Last Line: Rewarding others, is my liberty. %not to prevent it is my will's fulfulment. %willing it, my ailment


NONE OF THE BOOKS HAVE TIME       
Last Line: Selfishness is like listening to good jazz %with drinks for further orders and a huge fire


NORTH SHIP       
First Line: I saw three ships go sailing by
Last Line: Into an unforgiving sea %under a fire-spilling star, %and it was rigged for a long journey
Subject(s): Sea; Ships And Shipping


NOTHING SIGNIFICANT WAS REALLY SAID       
Last Line: What was the rock my gliding childhood struck, %and what bright unreal path has led me here?'


NOTHING TO BE SAID       
First Line: For nations vague as weed
Last Line: And saying so to some %means nothing; others it leaves %nothing to be said


NOTHING TO BE SAID       
First Line: For nations vague as weed %for monads among stones
Last Line: Means nothing; others it leaves %nothing to be said


NURSERY TALE       
First Line: All I remember is
Last Line: So every journey I begin foretells %a weariness of daybreak,spread %with carrion kisses, carrion far


OBSERVATION       
First Line: Only in books the flat and final happens
Last Line: Where much is picturesque but nothing good, %and nothing can be found for poor men's fires


OLD FOOLS       
First Line: What do they think has happened, the old fools
Last Line: Not when the strangers come? Never, throughout %the whole hideous inverted childhood? Well, %we shal
Subject(s): Aging


ON BEING TWENTY-SIX       
First Line: I feared these present years
Last Line: All grist to me %except devaluing dichotomies: %nothing, and paradise


ONE MAN WALKING A DESERTED PLATFORM       
Last Line: Love sink a grave round the still-sleeping head


ONE MAN WALKING A DESERTED PLATFORM       
Last Line: On to the next desert, lest %love sink a grave round the still-sleeping head?
Variant Title(s): Getawa


OUT IN THE LANE I PAUSE       
First Line: Out in the lane I pause: the night
Last Line: This must everybody learn %for mutual happiness; that trust %alone is best.'


PARTY POLITICS    Poem Text    
First Line: I never remember holding a full drink
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


PARTY POLITICS       
First Line: I never remember holding a full drink
Last Line: You may get drunk, or dry half-hours may pass. %it seems to turn on where you are. Or who
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism


PAST DAYS OF GALES       
Last Line: And death seems like long hills, a range %we ride each day towards, and never reach


PIGEONS    Poem Text    
First Line: On shallow slates the pigeons shift together
Last Line: Shows them, black as their shadows, sleeping so
Subject(s): Pigeons


PIGEONS       
First Line: On shallow slates the pigeons shift together
Last Line: Light from a small intense lopsided moon %shows them, black as their shadows, sleeping so
Subject(s): Pigeons


PLACES, LOVED ONES       
First Line: No, I have never found
Last Line: And wiser to keep away %from thinking you still might trace %uncalled-for to this day %your person,


PLYMOUTH       
First Line: A box of teak, a box of sandalwood
Last Line: To split chance lives across, that had not dreamed %such coasts had echoed, or such seabirds screame


POEM ABOUT OXFORD    Poem Text    
First Line: City we shared without knowing
Subject(s): Oxford University


POEM ABOUT OXFORD       
First Line: City we shared without knowing
Last Line: It holds us, like that fleae we read about %in the depths of the second world war
Subject(s): Oxford University


POETRY OF DEPARTURES    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Sometimes you hear, fifth-hand
Subject(s): Wandering & Wanderers; Wanderlust; Vagabonds; Tramps; Hoboes


POETRY OF DEPARTURES       
First Line: Sometimes you hear, fifth-hand
Last Line: Books; china; a life %reprehensibly perfect
Subject(s): Wanderers And Wandering


PORTRAIT       
First Line: Her hands intend no harm
Last Line: Her hands are not strong enough %her hands will fall to her sides %and no wind will trouble to break
Variant Title(s): The Quiet On


POSTERITY       
First Line: Jake balokowsky, my biographer
Last Line: Not out of kicks or something happening - %one of those old-type natural fouled-up guys.'


POUR AWAY THAT YOUTH       
Last Line: For fear of death


POUR AWAY THAT YOUTH       
Last Line: Throw away that youth %that jewel in the head %that bronze in the breath; %walk with the dead %for f


REASONS FOR ATTENDANCE       
First Line: The trumpet's voice, loud and authoritative
Last Line: Believing that; and both are satisfied, %if no one has misjudged himself. Or lied


REFERENCE BACK    Poem Text    
First Line: That was a pretty one, I heard you call
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Time


REFERENCE BACK       
First Line: That was a pretty one, I heard you call
Last Line: Blindingly undiminished, just as though %by acting differently we could have kept it so


SAD STEPS    Poem Text    
First Line: Groping back to bed after a piss
Subject(s): Youth


SAD STEPS       
First Line: Groping back to bed after a piss
Last Line: That it can't come again, %but is for others undiminished somewhere
Subject(s): Youth


SCHOOL IN AUGUST       
First Line: The cloakroom pegs are empty now
Last Line: And seniors grow tomorrow %from the juniors today, %and even swimming groups can fade, %games mistre


SCHOOLMASTER       
First Line: He sighed with relief. He had got the job. He was safe
Last Line: For though he never realised it, he %dissolved. (like sugar in a cup of tea.)
Subject(s): Schools


SCRATCH ON THE SCRATCH PAD       
Last Line: Much we buy each market day, %more still obtain: %all, all is carried home %by slow evening train


SELF'S THE MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, no one can deny
Subject(s): Self


SELF'S THE MAN       
First Line: Oh, no one can deny
Last Line: At knowing what I can stand %without them sending a van - %or I suppose I can
Subject(s): Self


SEND NO MONEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Standing under the fobbed
Subject(s): Hate


SEND NO MONEY       
First Line: Standing under the fobbed
Last Line: In this way I spent youth, %tracing the trite untransferable%truss-advertisement, truth
Subject(s): Hate


SHOW SATURDAY       
First Line: Grey day for the show, but cars jam the narrow lanes
Last Line: That breaks ancestrally each year into %regenerate union. Let it always be there


SINCE THE MAJORITY OF ME       
Last Line: They want renewed. They never learn


SINCE THE MAJORITY OF ME       
Last Line: Each night with cancelled promises %they want renewed. They never learn


SINKING LIKE SEDIMENT THROUGH THE DAY       
Last Line: Embrace me, and I shall be beautiful' - %'be beautiful, and I will embrace you' - %we argue for hour


SKIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Obedient daily dress
Last Line: Till the fashion changes
Subject(s): Skin; Clothing & Dress


SKIN       
First Line: Obedient daily dress
Last Line: No brash festivity %to wear you at, such as %clothes are entitled to %till the fashion changes


SLIGHT RELAX OF AIR WHERE COLD WAS       
Last Line: Wing to the corporation rubbish ground. %a slight relax of air. All is not dead


SO THROUGH THAT UNRIPE DAY YOU BORE YOUR HEAD       
Last Line: Cut, gummed; pastime of a provincial winter


SO THROUGH THAT UNRIPE DAY YOU BORE YOUR HEAD       
Last Line: Indoors. This is your last, meticulous hour, %cut, gummed; pastime of a provincial winter


SO YOU HAVE BEEN, DESPITE PARENTAL BAN       
Last Line: Boys wish to imitate who hear of it - %but will you tell them to repeat your act?


SOLAR       
First Line: Suspended lion face
Last Line: Our needs hourly %climb and return like angels. %unclosing like a hand, %you give for ever


SONG: 65 DEGREES N       
First Line: My sleep is made cold
Last Line: I grow afraid, %now the bargain is made, %that dream draws close


SONG: 70 DEGREES. FORTUNETELLING       
First Line: You will go a long journey
Last Line: Knowing it is the same %as one who long since died %under a different name.'


SONG: 75 DEGREES. BLIZZARD       
First Line: Suddenly clouds of snow
Last Line: A girl is standing there %who will take no lovers %till she winds me in her hair


SONG: ABOVE 80 DEGREES       
First Line: A woman has ten claws,'
Last Line: The star flames on the ocean; %'a woman has ten claws,' %sang the drunken boatswain


SPIRIT WOOED       
First Line: Once I believed in you
Last Line: Was that the cause %you daily came less near - a pause %longer than life, if you decide it so?


SPRING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Green-shadowed people sit, or walk in rings
Subject(s): Spring


SPRING       
First Line: Green-shadowed people sit, or walk in rings
Last Line: Their paths grown cravan and circuitous, %their visions mountain-clear, their needs immodest
Subject(s): Spring


SPRING WARNING       
First Line: And the walker sees the sunlit battlefield
Last Line: The muffled boy, with his compelling badge, %on his serious errand riding to the gorge


STONE CHURCH DAMAGED BY A BOMB       
First Line: Planted deeper than roots
Last Line: As coral is set budding under seas, %though none, o none sees what patterns it is making?


STORY       
First Line: Tired of a landscape known too well when young
Last Line: If the children and the rocks were still the same. %but he forgot all this as he grew older


STRANGERS       
First Line: The eyes of strangers
Last Line: Keeping the soul unjostled, %the pocket unpicked, %the fancies lurid, %and the treasure buried


STREET LAMPS       
First Line: When night slinks, like a puma, down the sky
Last Line: And, leering pallid though its use was done, %tried to cast shadows contrary to the sun


STUDY OF READING HABITS       
First Line: When getting my nose in a book
Last Line: Who's yellow and keeps the store, %seem far too familiar. Get stewed: %books are load of crap
Subject(s): Books; Hate


SUCCESS STORY       
First Line: To fail (transitive and intransitive)
Last Line: Clean past it now at hardly any price - %just some pretence about the other thing


SUMMER NOCTURNE       
First Line: Now night perfumes lie upon the air
Last Line: But no! For in a few white-misted hours %the east must yellow with to-morrow's sun


SUNNY PRESTATYN    Poem Text    
First Line: Come to sunny prestatyn
Subject(s): Graffiti


SUNNY PRESTATYN       
First Line: Come to sunny prestatyn
Last Line: Very soon, a great transverse tear %left only a hand and some blue. %now fight cancer is there
Subject(s): Graffiti


SYMPATHY IN WHITE MAJOR       
First Line: When I drop four cubes of ice
Last Line: Here's to the whitest man I know - %though white is not my favourite colour


TAKE ONE HOME FOR THE KIDDIES       
First Line: On shallow straw, in shadeless glass
Last Line: Fetch the shoebox, fetch the shovel - %mam, we're playing funerals now


TALKING IN BED    Poem Text    
First Line: Talking in bed ought to be easiest
Subject(s): Love


TALKING IN BED       
First Line: Talking in bed ought to be easiest
Last Line: Words at once true and kind, %or not untrue and not unkind
Subject(s): Love


THAW       
First Line: Tiny immortal streams are on the move
Last Line: On the surface of morning feathers of self-reproach: %how easily I disperse the scolding of snow


THE EXPLOSION    Poem Text    
First Line: On the day of the explosion
Subject(s): Disasters; Mines & Miners


THE LITERARY WORLD: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: My dear kafka
Subject(s): Kafka, Franz (1883-1924)


THE LITERARY WORLD: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Mrs alfred tennyson
Subject(s): Tennyson, Alfred (1809-1892); Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron


THE MOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: The mower stalled, twice; kneeling, I found
Subject(s): Mowing & Mowers; Death - Animals; Hedgehogs; Lawn Mowers


THE NORTH SHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw three ships go sailing by
Last Line: And it was rigged for a long journey
Subject(s): Sea; Ships & Shipping; Ocean


THE OLD FOOLS    Poem Text    
First Line: What do they think has happened, the old fools
Subject(s): Aging


THE TREES    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The trees are coming into leaf
Subject(s): Environment; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


THE WHITSUN WEDDINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: That whitsun, I was late getting away
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE WINTER PALACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Most people know more as they get older
Subject(s): Aging


THERE IS NO LANGUAGE OF DESTRUCTION       
First Line: There is no language of destruction for
Last Line: Nor will the lovely, gay as any leaf, %assuage his anguish. And the lions laugh


THIS BE THE VERSE    Poem Text    
First Line: They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
Subject(s): Parents; Ancestors & Ancestry; Grief; Parents; Parenthood; Heritage; Heredity; Sorrow; Sadness; Parenthood


THIS BE THE VERSE    Poem Text    
First Line: They fuck you up, your mum and dad
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood


THIS BE THE VERSE       
First Line: They fuck you up, your mum and dad
Last Line: Get out as early as you can, %and don't have any kids yourself
Subject(s): Parents


THIS IS THE FIRST THING       
Last Line: Within a wood


THIS IS THE FIRST THING       
Last Line: Time is the echo of an axe %within a wood


THIS WAS YOUR PLACE OF BIRTH, THIS DAYTIME PALACE       
Last Line: The game is finished when he plays his ace, %and overturn the table and go into the next room?


TIME AND SPACE WERE ONLY THEIR DISGUISES       
Last Line: Time in his little cinema of the heart %giving a premiere to hate and pain; %and space urbanely keep


TO A VERY SLOW AIR       
First Line: The golden sheep are feeding, and
Last Line: Upon the forehead, on the hands and feet, %that all air is appointed %our candid clothing, our elaps


TO FAILURE       
First Line: You do not come dramatically, with dragons
Last Line: Smell staler too. And once they fall behind %they look like ruin. You have been here some time


TO MY WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Choice of you shuts up that peacock-fan
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


TO MY WIFE       
First Line: Choice of you shuts up that peacock-fan
Last Line: Now you become my boredom and my failure, %another way of suffering, a risk, %a heavier-than-air hyp
Subject(s): Marriage


TO PUT ONE BRICK UPON ANOTHER       
Last Line: Weighing what you should or can do %leaves no doubt of it at all


TO THE SEA       
First Line: To step over the low wall that divides
Last Line: Yearly; teaching their children by a sort %of clowning; helping the old, too, as they ought


TO WRITE ONE SONG, I SAID       
Last Line: As some vast seven-piled wave, %mane-flinging, manifold, %streams at an endless shore


TOADS    Poem Text    
First Line: Why should I let the toad work
Subject(s): Toads; Bourgeoisie; Toads; Middle Class


TOADS    Poem Text    
First Line: Why should I let the toad work
Subject(s): Bourgeoisie; Toads; Middle Class


TOADS       
First Line: Why should I let the toad work
Last Line: I don't say, one bodies the other %one's spiritual truth; %but I do say it's hard to lose either, %w
Subject(s): Bourgeoisie; Toads


TOADS       
First Line: Why should I let the toad work
Last Line: When you have both


TOADS REVISITED    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Walking around in the park
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Toads; Work; Workers


TOADS REVISITED       
First Line: Walking around in the park
Last Line: Give me your arm, old toad; %help me down cemetery road
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers; Toads


TOPS       
First Line: Tops heel and yaw
Last Line: We know beyond doubt %they have almost run out %and are starting to die


TRAUMEREI       
First Line: In this dream that dogs me I am part
Last Line: The walls of my room rise, it is still night, %I have woken again before the word was spelt


TREES       
First Line: The trees are coming into leaf
Last Line: Last year is dead, they seem to say, %begin afresh, afresh, afresh
Subject(s): Environment; Trees


TRIPLE TIME       
First Line: This empty street, this sky to blandness scoured
Last Line: On this we blame our last %threadbare perspectives, seasonal decrease


TWO GUITAR PIECES: 1       
First Line: The tin-roofed shack by the railroad
Last Line: No one from these parts. Anyone could tell %not even the wagon aims to go anywhere


TWO GUITAR PIECES: 2       
First Line: I roll a cigarette, and light
Last Line: Spreading me over the evening like a cloud, %drifting, darkening: unable to bring rain


TWO PORTRAITS OF SEX: 1. OILS       
First Line: Sun. Tree. Beginning. God in a thicket. Crown
Last Line: Apart from your tribe, there is only the dead, %and even them you grip and begin to use


TWO PORTRAITS OF SEX: 2. DRY-POINT       
First Line: Endlessly, time-honoured irritant
Last Line: We neither define nor prove, %where you, we dream, obtain no right of entry
Variant Title(s): Etchin


UGLY SISTER       
First Line: I will climb thirty steps to my room
Last Line: I will attend to the trees and their gracious silence, %to winds that move


ULTIMATUM       
First Line: But we must build our walls, for what we are
Last Line: His knife, treetrunk, and lianas - for now %you must escape,or perish saying no


UNDER A SPLENDID CHESTNUT TREE       
Last Line: One plate, one cup, laid in the same position %for the departed lodger, innocence


UNFINISHED POEM       
First Line: I squeezed up the last stair to the room in the roof
Last Line: Why are your feet bare? Was not death to come? %why is he not here? What summer have you broken from


VERS DE SOCI??T??    Poem Text    
First Line: My wife and I have asked a crowd of craps
Subject(s): Nothingness; Nihilism; Voids


VERS DE SOCIETE       
First Line: My wife and I have asked a crowd of craps
Last Line: Beyond the light stand failure and remorse %whispering dear warlock-williams: why, of course


VIEW       
First Line: The view is fine from fifty
Last Line: Unchilded and unwifed, I'm %able to view that clear: %so final. And so near


WAITING FOR BREAKFAST, WHILE SHE BRUSHED HER HAIR       
Last Line: Part invalid, part baby, and part saint


WAITING FOR BREAKFAST, WHILE SHE BRUSHED HER HAIR       
Last Line: Will you refuse to come till I have sent %her terribly away,importantly live %part invalid, part bab


WANTS       
First Line: Beyond all this, the wish to be alone
Last Line: The costly aversion of the eyes from death - %beneath it all, desire of oblivion runs


WATER       
First Line: If I were called in
Last Line: And I should raise in the east %a glass of water %where any-angled light %would congregate endlessly


WATER       
First Line: If I were called in %to construct a religion
Last Line: Where any-angled light %would congregate endlessly


WE MET AT THE END OF THE PARTY       
Last Line: Of june, and the guests arriving, %and I not there


WE SEE THE SPRING BREAKING ACROSS ROUGH STONE       
Last Line: Or not, we are sure to hear the rain %chanting its ancient litany, half-aloud


WEDDING-WIND    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The wind blew all my wedding-day
Subject(s): Love; Love - Marital; Marriage; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


WEDDING-WIND       
First Line: The wind blew all my wedding-day
Last Line: These new delighted lakes, conclude %our kneeling as cattle by all-generous waters?
Subject(s): Love; Love - Marital; Marriage


WHATEVER HAPPENED?       
First Line: At once whatever happened starts receding
Last Line: Curses? The dark? Struggling? Where's the source %of these yarns now (except in nightmares, of cours


WHEN FIRST WE FACED, AND TOUCHING SHOWED       
Last Line: No past, no people else at all - %only what meeting made us feel, %so new, and gentle-sharp, and str


WHEN THE NIGHT PUTS TWENTY VEILS       
Last Line: Myself the circumstances' tennis-ball: %we'll bounce; together %or not, whether %either, let no tear


WHEN THE RUSSIAN TANKS ROLL WESTWARD       
First Line: When the russian tanks roll westward, what defence for you
Last Line: Colonel sloman's essex rifles? The light horse of l.S.E.?


WHITSUN WEDDINGS       
First Line: That whitsun, I was late getting away
Last Line: A sense of falling, like an arrow-shower %sent out of sight,somewhere becoming rain
Subject(s): Marriage


WHO CALLED LOVE CONQUERING       
Last Line: Grapple the sun down %by three o'clock %when the dire cloak of dark %stiffens the town


WHO WHISTLED FOR THE WIND, THAT IT SHOULD BREAK       
Last Line: (all winds crying for that unbroken field, %day having lifted) %black flowers burst out wherever the


WHY DID I DREAM OF YOU LAST NIGHT?       
Last Line: - like letters that arrive addressed to someone %who left t he house so many years ago


WILD OATS    Poem Text    
First Line: About twenty years ago
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Disappointment; Time; Male-female Relations


WILD OATS       
First Line: About twenty years ago
Last Line: In my wallet are still two snaps %of bosomy rose with fur gloves on. %unlucky charms, perhaps


WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: In the field, two horses
Subject(s): Winter


WINTER       
First Line: In the field, two horses
Last Line: That to the static %gold winter sun throws back %endless and cloudless pride
Subject(s): Winter


WINTER NOCTURNE       
First Line: Mantled in grey, the dusk steals slowly in
Last Line: The rain falls still: bowing, the woods bemoan; %dark night creeps in, and leaves the world alone


WINTER PALACE       
First Line: Most people know more as they get older
Last Line: Then there will be nothing I know. %my mind will fold into itself, like fields, like snow
Subject(s): Aging


WIRES       
First Line: The widest prairies have electric fences
Last Line: Young steers become old cattle from that day, %electric limits to their widest senses


WITHIN THE DREAM YOU SAID       
Last Line: As cold as my heart


WITHIN THE DREAM YOU SAID       
Last Line: There was no lambing-night, %no gale-driven bird %nor frost-encircled root %as cold as my heart


WITHIN THE DREAM YOU SAID       


WOMEN OF THE T2       
First Line: Wait at every bus stop
Last Line: They have been waiting a long time


WRITER       
First Line: Interesting, but futile,' said his diary
Last Line: It was a gift that he possessed alone: %to look the world directly in the face; %the face he did not