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Fletcher, John Gould    Poet's Biography
261 poems available by this author


1921       
First Line: One hundred years ago, the last of the caesars, he who sat upon


A REBEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Tie a bandage over his eyes
Last Line: We would have no more power left to look on that dead face.
Subject(s): Death; Revolutions; Dead, The


ADVENT       
Subject(s): Religion


AGAINST IMMORTALITY       
First Line: One hell is enough. Surely this world is sufficient


ALPINE VIOLETS; IMITATED FROM DE BELLAY    Poem Text    
First Line: You tiny flames of blue
Last Line: I would not pass!
Subject(s): Flowers; Violets


AMERICA       
First Line: From the sea-coast, from the bleak ravines of the hills that lift


AN AUTUMN PICTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Two lovers sit in a shadowy park
Last Line: Amid the sodden, rotten leaves.
Subject(s): London; Love


AN ORAN AND HER KAMUSO    Poem Text    
First Line: Gilded hummingbirds are whizzing
Last Line: Of the emperor's jewel-trees.
Subject(s): Prints, Japanese


ARIZONA POEMS: 1. THE WELL IN THE DESERT    Poem Text    
First Line: By the well in the desert I sat for long
Last Line: "in galilee."


ARIZONA POEMS: 2. MEXICAN QUARTER    Poem Text    
First Line: By an alley lined with tumble-down shacks
Last Line: "are mud walls in a waste of sand."
Subject(s): Chicanos; Mexican Americans


ARIZONA POEMS: 3. CLIFF-DWELLING    Poem Text    
First Line: The canyon is choked with stones and undergrowth
Last Line: A clock that ticks the centuries off to silence.


ARIZONA POEMS: 4. THE WINDMILLS    Poem Text    
First Line: The windmills, like great sunflowers of steel
Last Line: And the choking gurgle of tepid water.
Subject(s): Clouds; Windmills


ARIZONA POEMS: 5. THE FUEL VENDOR    Poem Text    
First Line: Up and down and up and down
Last Line: Beyond a grave which no one heeds.


ARIZONA POEMS: 6. RAIN IN THE DESERT    Poem Text    
First Line: The huge red-buttressed mesa over yonder
Last Line: Whirling, extinguishing the last red wisp of light.
Subject(s): Deserts; Food & Eating; Native Americans; Rain; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


AT SUNRISE       
First Line: A wave hung over the city like an enormous cloud


AT THE MEETING OF THE DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Veiled in night's cloak a silent moment came
Last Line: For sleep had left them blind and deaf and dumb.
Subject(s): London


ATTITUDE OF YOUTH       
First Line: We were told that wars are made by the makers of munitions
Last Line: And we sacrifice life in vain, for the one chance that we missed
Subject(s): World War Ii


AUGUST, 1940       
First Line: We in this summer have lived to see our final refuge broken


AUTOBIOGRAPHY       
First Line: Iron cities swim upon the sea
Last Line: Far, far beyond your loneliness and pain %grey memories ripening under heavy rain


AUTUMN SUNSET    Poem Text    
First Line: Evening and the clear sun
Last Line: Fair and foolish dreams.
Subject(s): Evening; London; Sunset; Twilight


AUTUMNAL CLOUDS       


BACK STREETS    Poem Text    
First Line: You that have gazed long on the city's splendour
Last Line: And the earth is as if it ne'er had been.
Subject(s): Greed; London; Avarice; Cupidity


BEFORE OLYMPUS       
First Line: Across the sky run streaks of white light


BIRTH OF CHRIST       
First Line: Christ's white laughter runs across the world. He has mingled


BLAKE       
First Line: Blake saw
Subject(s): Blake, William (1757-1827)


BLESSING OF THE WORMS       
First Line: In the quiet, chill blue night


BLUE WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: Sea-violins are playing on the sands
Last Line: "sea-violins that play along the sands."
Variant Title(s): Sea-violins
Subject(s): Pain; Sea; Suffering; Misery; Ocean


BRAHMA       
First Line: Brahma sleeps. %on his broad palm, the world
Last Line: All things to nothing %are swept away
Subject(s): Brahma


BRANCHES OF ADAM: BOOK 1, SELS.       
First Line: Fourfold is made the divine nature of man
Last Line: And he fled blindly before it, far, far away to the south


BRANCHES OF ADAM: BOOK 2, SELS.       
First Line: Cain and abel in the meantime had grown
Last Line: No animal came near it for the space of another day


BRANCHES OF ADAM: BOOK 3, SELS.       
First Line: Then the archangels all together abandoned the black menacing sky
Last Line: When cain and all his cities were sunken in brutish sleep


BRANCHES OF ADAM: BOOK 4, SELS.       
First Line: Now it was noonday, fortieth of the flood
Last Line: Mingling the ice with the fire upon the mountains of day


BRANCHES OF ADAM: EPILOGUE       
First Line: By the glare of the guttering torch
Last Line: Rending red flesh from red flesh %lest any morsel escape


BROADWAY'S CANYON       
First Line: This is like the nave of an unfinished cathedral
Subject(s): Broadway, New York City; Cities


BUDDHA AND CHRIST       
First Line: Mid himalayan snow


BUILDING OF THE HUDSON RIVER BRIDGE       
First Line: Theorem made of steel


BURNING MOUNTAIN       
First Line: The wagons went on west; the people fared


CHANNEL SUNSET    Poem Text    
First Line: Over the shallow, angry english channel
Last Line: The struggle of burning spears in the cold twilight.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


CHINESE POET AMONG BARBARIANS    Poem Text    
First Line: The rain drives, drives endlessly
Last Line: Or share with me a single human thought.
Subject(s): Longing; Rain


CHORUS FOR THE TRAGEDY OF MAN, 2000 A.D.    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no earth left now
Last Line: And is, forever and forevermore!


CITY LIGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The city gleams with lights this evening
Last Line: Like loud and yawning laughter from red lips.


CLIPPER-SHIPS       
First Line: Beautiful as a tiered cloud, skysails set and shrouds twanging


CLOWN'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Who can speak the crimes of rhyming'
Last Line: Then they scatter, left and right!
Subject(s): Clowns


COAL    Poem Text    
First Line: A valley, narrow as the pit
Last Line: Coal.
Subject(s): Coal Mines & Miners; Labor & Laborers; London; Work; Workers


COURT LADY STANDING UNDER CHERRY TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: She is an iris
Last Line: And of the iris stalk that is broken in the fountain.
Subject(s): Iris (flower); Japan; Japanese


CRUCIFIXION       
First Line: I charge you, heap the stones heavily on me when I am dead. I


CRUCIFIXION OF THE SKYSCRAPER       
First Line: Men took the skyscraper


DAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun rends the long veils of smoke, and the fogs
Last Line: Along the track of ancient unreality.
Subject(s): Dawn; London; Sunrise


DAWN IN ITALY AND IN LONDON    Poem Text    
First Line: Beneath the sombre cypresses
Last Line: And the slum of grim despair.
Subject(s): Despair; Italy; London; Italians


DAY THAT AUTUMN CAME       


DISCONTENT    Poem Text    
First Line: I grumble over life
Last Line: And then they grumble, too!
Subject(s): Discontent; Dissatisfaction


DOGWOOD       
First Line: Like a girl holding, spread


DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI: 1. EMBARKATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Dull masses of dense green
Last Line: Above the pink explosion of the calyx of the dawn.
Subject(s): Mississippi River; Rivers


DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI: 2. HEAT    Poem Text    
First Line: As if the sun had trodden down the sky
Last Line: Whereon the sun hangs motionless, a brassy disc of flame.
Subject(s): Mississippi River; Rivers


DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI: 3. FULL MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: Flinging its arc of silver bubbles, quickly shifts the moon
Last Line: Over white lakes of cotton, like moonfields on every side.
Subject(s): Mississippi River; Rivers


DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI: 4. THE MOON'S ORCHESTRA    Poem Text    
First Line: When the moon lights up
Last Line: Which show, through gaps and tatters, red stains half hidden away.
Subject(s): Mississippi River; Rivers


DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI: 5. THE STEVEDORES    Poem Text    
First Line: Frieze of warm bronze that glides with catlike movements
Last Line: Far southward where a single chimney stands out aloof in the sky.
Subject(s): Mississippi River; Rivers


DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI: 6. NIGHT LANDING    Poem Text    
First Line: After the whistle's roar has bellowed and shuddered
Last Line: A blue-black negro with gleaming teeth waits for his chance to leap.
Subject(s): Mississippi River; Rivers


DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI: 7. THE SILENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a silence I carry about with me always
Last Line: I will curl up in it at last and sleep an endless sleep.
Subject(s): Mississippi River; Rivers


EARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Earth, let me speak to you
Last Line: Finds the faint evening star.
Subject(s): Earth; World


ELEGY IN A CIVIL WAR CEMETERY       
First Line: At early daybreak


ELEGY ON A NORDIC WHITE PROTESTANT    Poem Text    
First Line: Lazy petals of magnolia-bloom float down the sluggish river
Last Line: Rising, forever, rising!
Subject(s): African Americans; Stock Exchange; Negroes; American Blacks


ELEGY ON AN EMPTY SKYSCRAPER       
First Line: Against the wall of this sky


ELEGY ON LONDON       
First Line: Out of a chaos of red chimney-pots


ELEGY ON TINTERN ABBEY       
First Line: That 'something far more deeply interfused


END OF JOB       
First Line: After job had given back all his possessions, he began to


ENGLAND AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Sacred england, stagnant pool
Last Line: Moral england, fat and sweet.
Subject(s): England; English


EROS    Poem Text    
First Line: Through all the roar and strife of sun-smit day
Last Line: And god, fixed ever in the thought of death.
Subject(s): London; Pleasure


EVENING SKY       
First Line: The sky spreads out its poor array


EXIT       
First Line: Thus would I have it
Last Line: Like a pround burst of music, %to fortunate islands


FACTORY CHIMNEYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Motionless blood-hued styluses that scrawl on the infinite
Last Line: In hieroglyphs rolling and tumbling, red, black, purple and gold.
Subject(s): Factories; Industrial Revolution; London; Smoke


FLOOD SYMPHONY       
First Line: Again %the rivers of the south rise high and crest their green


FRAGMENTS OF ETERNITY       
First Line: Art is transubstantiation: the bread and wine of life turned into


FROM PORTOFINO POINT       
First Line: Music of violins and of guitars


FROM THE CHINESE    Poem Text    
First Line: The lanterns dangle at the end of long wires
Last Line: Rattle them together, rending their crimson sides!


FROM THE JAPANESE    Poem Text    
First Line: I only live in the light
Last Line: -- the mist silently lifted and showed me -- an open tomb.


FROM THE NIGHT TO THE DAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: In every night some haggard hours there are
Last Line: Of dawn and fill with light the hollow sky.
Subject(s): Dawn; Night; Sunrise; Bedtime


GRAND CANYON OF THE COLORADO       
First Line: I have seen that which is mysterious
Subject(s): Grand Canyon, Arizona


GRANDFATHER'S GRAVE       
First Line: By the great oak logs that yet burn


GREEN SYMPHONY    Poem Text    
First Line: The glittering leaves of the rhododendrons
Last Line: Sun-kindled for me.
Subject(s): Forests; Woods


GREY SYMPHONY    Poem Text    
First Line: Up on the hillside a long row of larches
Last Line: Endlessly.


GULF STREAM       
First Line: I was born on the banks of the green gulf stream
Subject(s): Gulf Stream


HARD SAYINGS       
First Line: All men are born free and unequal: they are made slaves by


HOMECOMING       
First Line: Some day I shall go home at last


HOOPSKIRT       
First Line: In the night when all are sleeping


HOUSE TO THE MAN       
First Line: Here is no easy fate, nor may you find


I HAD SCARCELY FALLEN ASLEEP       
Last Line: Acre on acre of pale unscented flowers, %the same eternity


IMPROMPTU    Poem Text    
First Line: My mind is a puddle in the street reflecting green sirius
Last Line: And a wine-cup reflecting sirius in the water held in my hands.
Subject(s): Mortality; Plants; Planting; Planters


IN THE CITY AT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Towards the end of night
Last Line: Suck in our helpless lives, destroy this dreadful spot!
Subject(s): London; Night; Bedtime


IN THE GARDEN OF DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: I wandered in the garden of my dreams
Last Line: To watch, till the swallows fly.


IN THE NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: In the night, the beautiful, bitter night
Last Line: Never to sprout in the wilderness of earth.
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


INVOCATION TO EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: O evening, steal into the silent city
Last Line: And slowly bow your dark hair over him.
Subject(s): Evening; Sunset; Twilight


IRRADIATIONS, SELS.       
First Line: All you stars up yonder


IRRADIATIONS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: The spattering of the rain upon pale terraces
Last Line: Towards the sunset beyond the broken doors of to-day.
Subject(s): Dreams; Flowers; Rain; Roses; Nightmares


IRRADIATIONS: 10    Poem Text    
First Line: The trees, like great jade elephants
Last Line: Would I were tossed on the wrinkled backs of those trees.


IRRADIATIONS: 10       
First Line: Today you shall have but little song from me


IRRADIATIONS: 15    Poem Text    
First Line: O seeded grass, you army of little men
Last Line: The long thin lazy fingers of the heat.
Variant Title(s): Irradations: 2;irradations: 9


IRRADIATIONS: 16       
First Line: An ant crawling up a grass-blade


IRRADIATIONS: 2       
First Line: The irridescent vibrations of midsummer light


IRRADIATIONS: 21       
First Line: Not noisily, but solemnly and pale


IRRADIATIONS: 22    Poem Text    
First Line: The morning is clean and blue and the wind blows up the clouds
Last Line: And a cause worth losing and a good song to sing.


IRRADIATIONS: 24       
First Line: It is evening, and the earth


IRRADIATIONS: 25    Poem Text    
First Line: As I wandered over the city through the night
Last Line: When all the rest were but puppets of the night.


IRRADIATIONS: 28       
First Line: Blue, brown, blue: sky, sand, sea


IRRADIATIONS: 31    Poem Text    
First Line: My stiff-spread arms
Last Line: A golden butterfly glancing against an unflecked wall.


IRRADIATIONS: 4       
First Line: The balancing of gaudy broad pavillions


IRRADIATIONS: 5    Poem Text    
First Line: Over the roof-tops race the shadows of clouds
Last Line: Like horses the shadows of clouds charge down the street.
Variant Title(s): Irradations: 3


IRRADIATIONS: 6       
First Line: The fountain blows its breathless spray


IRRADIATIONS: 7    Poem Text    
First Line: Flickering of incessant rain
Last Line: Dripping from the eaves.


IRRADIATIONS: 8       
First Line: Brown bed of earth, still fresh and warm with love


IRRADIATIONS: 9    Poem Text    
First Line: The houses of the city no longer hum and play
Last Line: Sees, in the shadow below, the unpeopled hush of a street.


ISLE IRANIM       
First Line: O mighty are the lights that shine above isle iranim


JADE ELEGY       
First Line: Golden blossoms on the banks


JASON AT CORINTH       
First Line: Cracked, yellow, blistering


JOURNEY DAY       
First Line: Out of this sea of time, a hidden shape now rises


JOY    Poem Text    
First Line: By a street-organ stands a minstrel bawling
Last Line: And the dirt of life, and the flies, and the women squabbling.
Subject(s): London; Poverty


KINGDOMS       
First Line: At the crossing of a street


LAKE SHORE AT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: At the edge of a beautiful gulf of gloom and stillness
Last Line: Through dry blades of grass on the dunes.


LAST FRONTIER       
First Line: Having passed over the world
Last Line: To the palaces of night and the peaks ringed with fire, %without hope
Subject(s): Frontier And Pioneer Life


LAST JUDGMENT       
First Line: There fell red rain of spears athwart the sky
Last Line: Against the unconceived, unfathomed past:- %'now ended is god's high and pitiless joke


LAST JUDGMENT       
First Line: Body of a sick world hung on a lofty cross of too much


LAZARUS, SELS.       
First Line: Lazarus wakened, like a drowning man


LEVITE AND THE SAMARITAN       
First Line: After the levite had seen the robbed man lying on the ground


LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Palaces and far pavilions
Last Line: (my soul resumes the thread of her ancient dream.)


LINCOLN    Poem Text    
First Line: Like a gaunt, scraggly pine
Last Line: Bitter for remembrance of the healing which has passed.
Subject(s): Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865); Patriotism; Presidents, United States


LINES WRITTEN AT TAORMINA, SICILY    Poem Text    
First Line: Here on the dark rocks
Last Line: Nods a drowsy head.
Subject(s): Sicily


LONDON AT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Along the river squats and towers
Last Line: Its splendour, terrible, august.
Subject(s): London; Night; Bedtime


LONDON EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: The city is like a vague dream-tapestry
Last Line: Watching my sorrow find in night relief.
Subject(s): Evening; London; Sunset; Twilight


LOVE AND SUSPICION    Poem Text    
First Line: You squeeze me in your arms the while your eyes
Last Line: Leaves but love's perfect lustre on your brow!


MAGNOLIA       
First Line: Dusky and strong


MAN BENEATH THE MOUNTAIN       
First Line: You will not find the fire that fell from heaven


MARRIAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: He was a soaring pine-tree
Last Line: The creeper choked the pine.
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


MEMORIAL FOR 1940       
First Line: If we could but silence the gongs


MEMORY: THE WALK ON THE BEACH    Poem Text    
First Line: The evening, blue, voluptuous, of june
Last Line: But I have never forgotten and I shall never forget.
Subject(s): Love; Memory


MIDSUMMER DAWN AT SEA    Poem Text    
First Line: The ship glides steadily on
Last Line: Open, to close no more.
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


MIDWINTER MOON OVER THE CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: The tarnished moon spins upward like a piece
Last Line: Which, to this land of tears, the gods have sent.
Subject(s): London; Moon


MIDWINTER SUNSET    Poem Text    
First Line: The clouds blown together, like ragged whorls of smoke
Last Line: A frightened squirrel scurries off in dismay.
Subject(s): Evening; Winter; Sunset; Twilight


MUTABILITY       
First Line: The wind shakes the mists


MY FATHER'S WATCH       
Subject(s): Consolation; Time


NEAR YARMOUTH; TO EDWARD J. O'BRIEN    Poem Text    
First Line: The river holds no more the fishing boats
Last Line: The river sleeps, the boats are gone again.
Subject(s): Boats; Fish & Fishing; Marine Animals; Sea; Anglers; Ocean


NEW BEAUTITUDES       
First Line: And seeing the multitudes, he came down from the mountain


NEW HEAVEN       
First Line: We have our hopes and fears that flout us
Subject(s): World War I


NIGHT SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Ask me no more but love
Last Line: Sure as the stars to-night!
Subject(s): Love


NOON       
First Line: The moon in her pallid last quarter falls west


NOVEMBER DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Still days of late november
Last Line: Over the plain, an unmarked drift of white.
Subject(s): November


OLD SOUTH       
First Line: High streaks of cottony-white cloud fill the sky. The sun slips out


ON MESA VERDE       
First Line: Is there a spot on earth


ON MY FATHER'S HUNDREDTH BIRTHDAY       
First Line: On the day the magi came


ON THE BANKS OF THE SUMIDA    Poem Text    
First Line: Windy evening of autumn
Last Line: Is dulled beneath the grey unquiet sky.
Subject(s): Japan; Japanese


ON THE BEACH    Poem Text    
First Line: We lay together on the beach
Last Line: And on my lips are the salt lips of the sea.
Subject(s): Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


ON THE VERANDAH    Poem Text    
First Line: Larkspur: windy july
Last Line: That I slept every night with no false dreams to mar my sleep.


PAINTED WOMEN       
First Line: These are our sisters of sin and charity


PASSING OF THE SOUTH       
First Line: On a catafalque, draped in black, under bronze cannon, forlorn


PLEASURE'S AWAKENING    Poem Text    
First Line: All day men walk the city up and down
Last Line: To grasp the city in her long, curved claws.
Subject(s): London


POPPIES OF THE RED YEAR; A SYMPHONY IN SCARLET    Poem Text    
First Line: The words that I have written
Last Line: "which we hold aloof in silence."
Subject(s): Poppies; Red (color)


PORTRAIT       
First Line: Through his eye searching far
Last Line: And a space uttered outwardly of that dark %and changeless silence where life broods alone


PRAYER OF ANTICHRIST       
First Line: Our father, who art neither in heaven, nor on earth, but only in


PRAYERS [FOR WIND].    Poem Text    
First Line: Let the winds come
Last Line: The deep unquenchable answer of the wind.
Subject(s): Wind


PRELUDE       
First Line: Before the beginnings of things, for there was neither time nor


PRELUDE AND ODE       
First Line: East wind, west wind


PROCESSION       
First Line: Endless generations of mankind swarmed together, at a sharp


RENEWAL TIME       
First Line: The forests that were fired by men, return


REQUIEM FOR A TWENTIETH-CENTURY OUTLAW       
First Line: He learned the ways of life on some dull street


REUNION    Poem Text    
First Line: Beyond the end of the world
Last Line: But after I shall turn, and hide my face.


ROAD       
First Line: As one who walks in sleep, up a familiar lane


ROOMS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is nothing on earth more lonely than a room
Last Line: And knows that room is life, will pass unmoved through death.
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Death; Graves; Solitude; Graveyards; Dead, The; Tombs; Tombstones; Loneliness


RUSSIA INVADES POLAND       
First Line: O you, whom many hailed as standing for


SAND & SPRAY: SEA-SYMPHONY. 1. THE GALE    Poem Text    
First Line: Pale green-white, in a gallop across the sky
Last Line: His transient tragic destiny.
Subject(s): Sea; Storms; Ocean


SAND & SPRAY: SEA-SYMPHONY. 2. VARIATIONS: 1. SAILBOATS    Poem Text    
First Line: Light as thin-winged swallows pirouetting and gyrating
Last Line: Heeling and tossing about in the estuary.
Subject(s): Boats; Sailing & Sailors; Sea; Ships & Shipping; Seamen; Sails; Ocean


SAND & SPRAY: SEA-SYMPHONY. 2. VARIATIONS: 2. THE TIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: The tide makes music
Last Line: With rustle of scales.
Subject(s): Sea; Tides; Ocean


SAND & SPRAY: SEA-SYMPHONY. 2. VARIATIONS: 3. THE SANDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Shalllow pools of water
Last Line: Oozing upwards slowly in the dark wind-wrinkled sand.
Subject(s): Sea; Seashore; Wind; Ocean; Beach; Coast; Shore


SAND & SPRAY: SEA-SYMPHONY. 2. VARIATIONS: 4. THE GULLS    Poem Text    
First Line: White stars scattering
Last Line: In a noiseless flight, far out across the sky.
Subject(s): Birds; Gulls; Seagulls


SAND & SPRAY: SEA-SYMPHONY. 2. VARIATIONS: 5. STEAMERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Like black plunging dolphins with red bellies
Last Line: Up purple and chrome horizons.
Subject(s): Ships & Shipping


SAND & SPRAY: SEA-SYMPHONY. 2. VARIATIONS: 6. NIGHT OF STARS    Poem Text    
First Line: The sky immense, bejewelled with rain of stars
Last Line: Crashes down the sky.
Subject(s): Stars


SAND & SPRAY: SEA-SYMPHONY. 3. VARIATIONS: 1. GROUNDSWELL    Poem Text    
First Line: With heavy doleful clamour, hour on hour, and day on day
Last Line: The muddy groundswell lifts and breaks and falls and slides away.
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


SAND & SPRAY: SEA-SYMPHONY. 3. VARIATIONS: 2. SNOW AT SEA    Poem Text    
First Line: Silently fell / the snow on the waters
Last Line: In the winter evening.
Subject(s): Sea; Snow; Ocean


SAND & SPRAY: SEA-SYMPHONY. 3. VARIATIONS: 3. NIGHT WIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Wind of the night, wind of the long cool shadows
Last Line: The night is cool and quiet and the wind has crept to the sea.
Subject(s): Sea; Wind; Ocean


SAND & SPRAY: SEA-SYMPHONY. 3. VARIATIONS: 4. THE WRECK    Poem Text    
First Line: Its huge red prow
Last Line: Alone with its forgotten tragedy.
Subject(s): Disasters; Shipwrecks


SAND & SPRAY: SEA-SYMPHONY. 3. VARIATIONS: 5. TIDE OF STORMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Crooked, crawling tide with long wet fingers
Last Line: Night-winds shall brokenly whisper our bitter, tragic story.
Subject(s): Sea; Storms; Ocean


SAND & SPRAY: SEA-SYMPHONY. 4. THE CALM    Poem Text    
First Line: In the morning I saw three great ships
Last Line: Becalmed on an infinite horizon.
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


SATURDAY NIGHT IN FLEET STREET    Poem Text    
First Line: Here, where for six long days the traffic whirled
Last Line: The hair of sorrow falls, in long, dark streams.
Subject(s): City Traffic; Fleet Street, London; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


SATURDAY NIGHT: HORSES GOING TO PASTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Hark! Through the city, quiet, cool, and starred
Last Line: To green-clad silent pastures in the sun.
Subject(s): London


SATYR'S SONG       
First Line: Here be berries for a queen


SCENE FROM A DRAMA    Poem Text    
First Line: The daimyo and the courtesan
Last Line: Nervously fingering his sword.
Subject(s): Japan; Theater & Theaters; Japanese; Stage Life


SCYTHE       
First Line: Within the well-house through whose lattice fell


SEA-SOUNDING BELLS    Poem Text    
First Line: Leaping forth from their steep battlemented nest on the hillside
Last Line: Their sonorous tympani vanish beneath the wind's shrill violins.
Subject(s): Bells


SECOND WALK IN THE GARDEN       
First Line: When we entered into the eastern gate


SHARAKU DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: I will scrawl on the walls of the night
Last Line: Starting.
Subject(s): Prints, Japanese


SKATERS       
First Line: Black swallows swooping or gliding
Subject(s): Sports


SNOWY MOUNTAINS    Poem Text    
First Line: Higher and still more high
Last Line: The mists that dance and drive before the sun.
Subject(s): Mountains; Time; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


SONG OF A NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Last night I lay disgusted, sick at heart
Last Line: My soul and hers are as the same to god.
Subject(s): London; Prostitution; Harlots; Whores; Brothels


SONG OF NATCHEZ UNDER THE HILL       
First Line: Rifles are rammed full


SONG OF THE MODERNS       
First Line: We more than others have the perfect right
Last Line: Till none dare look on the mountains ranked afar, %and think 'these are the cast-off leavings of som


SONG OF THE OLD MAN       
First Line: I met a man late yesternight
Last Line: But all that answered to that cry %was the stark silence of the sky


SORROW    Poem Text    
First Line: What shape can I build of rhythm or melody
Last Line: As the night, eternal and changeless, folds it about forever.
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: At the first hour, it was as if one said, 'arise'
Last Line: Shot forth, and was followed by a whole host of flowers.
Subject(s): Spring


ST. PAUL'S CHAPEL, NEW YORK       
First Line: Faintly jarring the windows


STAR       
First Line: There was a star which watched upon my birth


STONE PLACE       
First Line: I come and I return to a place of stone


SUNSET       
First Line: The sea uprose


SWAN       
First Line: Under a wall of bronze


SYMPHONY OF SNOW       
First Line: Slow %over the sombre prairie, on the darkening below


THE AGE OF STEEL    Poem Text    
First Line: It was the age of iron
Last Line: Welcome, the age of steel!
Subject(s): Industrial Revolution; Steel


THE ANARCHIST'S DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: I knelt amid the martyr-saints redeemed
Last Line: Amid the eternal silence of the snow.
Subject(s): Anarchism & Anarchists


THE ASTER FLOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: Pale on its stalk, the aster flower
Last Line: We rest together till dawn has come.
Subject(s): Asters; Flowers


THE BANNERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Like ruddy or tawny masses of torn flame
Last Line: Veils of the dawn, where red stars flicker grim!
Subject(s): London


THE BLACK ROCK    Poem Text    
First Line: Off the long headland, threshed about by round-backed
Last Line: That bloom in the granite, year after year.


THE BLUE SYMPHONY    Poem Text    
First Line: The darkness rolls upward
Last Line: I shall creep out into darkness.
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


THE CITY LIES AT EASE UPON THE NIGHT       


THE CLOUDS    Poem Text    
First Line: I watch the clouds that float along the sky
Last Line: I watch the clouds that float along the sky.
Subject(s): Clouds; London


THE DAHLIAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Scarlet and green, the dahlias
Last Line: That laughs at your pain.
Subject(s): Dahlias


THE DEATH OF THE CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Year on year, and day on day
Last Line: None cursed her, none for her did pray.
Subject(s): London


THE DESERTED FACTORY    Poem Text    
First Line: It stands apart, forlorn, grotesque, immense
Last Line: Amid the dust once stirred by workmen's feet.
Subject(s): Factories; London


THE DOMINANT CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: It is the city of night, of drunkenness, and of dream
Last Line: That has crushed and is devouring its mad dream.
Subject(s): London


THE EMPTY DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Along the street
Last Line: Slide, one white tear, into the night.


THE ENDURING    Poem Text    
First Line: If the autumn ended
Last Line: Over the hill.
Subject(s): Autumn; Hope; Life; Seasons; Fall; Optimism


THE EVENING CLOUDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Like long terraces the evening clouds
Last Line: Crouch the colossal gods of night.
Subject(s): Clouds


THE FATHER'S THOUGHT OF HIS DAUGHTER    Poem Text    
First Line: She will jilt a lover
Last Line: When I am dead.
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters


THE FORCES AT WORK IN THE CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Like crystal torrents perfect in desire
Last Line: In new invincible violence of desire!
Subject(s): London


THE FORGING OF THE SUN    Poem Text    
First Line: Undying sun of the years, pour forth thy blood
Last Line: To be our song, our glory, and our fate.
Subject(s): Sun


THE FUTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: After ten thousand centuries have gone
Last Line: And, if akin to him, akin in vain.
Subject(s): Future; Mountains; Time; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


THE GHOSTS OF AN OLD HOUSE: BEDROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: The clump of jessamine
Last Line: Rocks its golden flowers.


THE GHOSTS OF AN OLD HOUSE: OLD NURSERY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the tired face of the mirror
Last Line: It is stiff and frozen.


THE GHOSTS OF AN OLD HOUSE: THE BACK STAIRS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the afternoon
Last Line: But there is no one in the shadows.


THE GHOSTS OF AN OLD HOUSE: THE CALENDAR IN THE ATTIC    Poem Text    
First Line: I wonder how long it has been
Last Line: But I am afraid, as a little child, to touch it.


THE GHOSTS OF AN OLD HOUSE: THE WELL    Poem Text    
First Line: The well is not used now
Last Line: From which he hauled forth buckets of bricks and dirt.
Subject(s): Wells


THE GHOSTS OF AN OLD HOUSE: VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: You who flutter and quiver
Last Line: Just beyond my apprehension.


THE GOLDEN DEMON    Poem Text    
First Line: The golden demon stept into my room
Last Line: "remember, without me thou couldst not write!"


THE GREAT MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: I see aloft the white full-moon upswaying
Last Line: As suffering links the souls of all the living.
Subject(s): Moon


THE HOARDINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: When into the town I go
Last Line: Fresh from out the teeming earth!
Subject(s): Greed; London; Avarice; Cupidity


THE HOUR OF PEACE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is the hour when all is dark and still
Last Line: Filling the hour of peace with foolish dreaming.


THE LAST RALLY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the midnight, in the rain
Last Line: And another laughs with flashing eyes, sitting bolt upright.
Subject(s): Military Service, Compulsory; World War I; Conscription; Military Draft; Selective Service; First World War


THE LITANIES OF THE CITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Blessed be thou, my city, for thy day
Last Line: Be blessed, -- be accurst -- for evermore!
Subject(s): London


THE MAGICIANS    Poem Text    
First Line: Along the wet, gleaming footway, over wide and deep-echoing squares
Last Line: To fashion toys from them, for man's desire undying.
Subject(s): City Planning; London


THE NIGHT OF PLEASURE    Poem Text    
First Line: With pleasure-seeking folk
Last Line: Or at least give them sleep!
Subject(s): London; Night; Pleasure; Bedtime


THE PRAYER    Poem Text    
First Line: The sky to-day's an infinite temple-dome
Last Line: Before thy great winds and grey seas of death.


THE ROCK    Poem Text    
First Line: This rock, too, was a word
Last Line: Your thoughts are your, too; naked let them stand.
Subject(s): Stars; Stones; Granite; Rocks


THE SOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: Ridge on ridge the great fields lie
Last Line: And the prayers of broken hearts.
Subject(s): England; Harvest; Labor & Laborers; English; Work; Workers


THE STARS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a goddess who walks shrouded by day
Last Line: Men only see her naked glory through the little holes in the veil.
Subject(s): Prints, Japanese


THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Life goes on
Last Line: But I would not.
Subject(s): Life


THE VOWELS; FOR LEON BAKST    Poem Text    
First Line: A light and shade, e green, I blue, u purple and yellow, o red
Last Line: O red, u purple and yellow, I blue, e green, a black and white.
Subject(s): Vowels


THUNDERSTORM IN THE OZARKS       
First Line: In the morning his mood failed, for gray buffalo-clouds were going


TO A SURVIVOR OF THE FLOOD       
First Line: Set high your head above the nameless flood


TO ALMIGHTY GOD       
First Line: With you outlaws, o god, let me stand up at the judgment


TO COLUMBUS       
First Line: These were the seas that you knew


TO HELEN KELLER    Poem Text    
First Line: Breaking over your silence
Last Line: To bear all and be still.
Subject(s): Faces; Keller, Helen (1880-1968); Smiles


TO THE FRENCH POETS OF TO-DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Death-agonies, dances, resurrections hurled
Last Line: Hanging each instant on a single breath.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets - French


TOWARDS THE NORTH STAR       
First Line: On many and many a soft, still summer's night


TOWER       
First Line: I have builded to my longing a great tower


TRAGIC NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Rain, and a glare of lamps set in the rain
Last Line: But living holds hell's infinite distress.
Subject(s): Despair; London; Night; Bedtime


TRIUMPHANT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: As once I wandered lonely in the night
Last Line: And sweep away the swarm of stars above us.
Subject(s): Despair; London; Night; Bedtime


TWILIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Light is horror and darkness beauty - only in the vague hours where they mingle
Last Line: Contemplating in its perfect constancy their own unconsciousness.
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


TWO AUTUMN DAWNS: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: The dawn creeps laggard now into the wood
Last Line: Each morning, as she comes into the wood.
Subject(s): Autumn; Dawn; Seasons; Fall; Sunrise


TWO AUTUMN DAWNS: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: The city is astir ere dawn has come
Last Line: The city is astir, ere dawn has come.
Subject(s): Autumn; Dawn; London; Seasons; Fall; Sunrise


UNFAMILIAR HOUSE       
First Line: To an unfamiliar house once more these feet have wandered


UPON THE HILL    Poem Text    
First Line: A hundred miles of landscape spread before me like a fan
Last Line: How many thousand times shall I look on them ere this fire in me is dead?
Subject(s): Mountains; Time; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


VOICES ON THE WIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Wind and the whirling of white mists
Last Line: Shoreward, yet holds my soul and keeps it from gaining sleep.
Subject(s): Wind


WHIRLPOOLS OF PURPLE       


WHITE SYMPHONY    Poem Text    
First Line: Forlorn and white
Last Line: And the naked red lightning thrust at the smouldering earth!


WHITMAN       
First Line: One does not quarry this mountain


WOMEN'S LONGING    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell me what is that only thing
Last Line: For they know not how to use it.
Subject(s): Women