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Lawrence, David   
7 poems available by this author


CIRCUS       
First Line: The clown murdered the paper flowers
Last Line: I wear my grief like a child's plastic necklace


KID TOWN       
First Line: In a party of cartoon faces
Last Line: I remember %when I'd see an elephant fly


LOVE.COM       
First Line: There is stigmata on my forehead while I am watching
Last Line: And the movie projector is stuck on rewind


MISSING BUILDINGS       
First Line: Someone stole the world trade towers
Last Line: But I might as well have been in kabul


MORE TIME       
First Line: In prison they take gambling debts seriously. The dirty cop said, 'I
Last Line: Should have given the badge more time for making t.J. Mad


NIGHTY       
First Line: I turn off all the lights and play black out
Last Line: That spins away from its own wheel


NOTHING BUT ASHES       
First Line: You point a gun at my radio
Last Line: Tomorrow casts a lugubrious current %on today's slipping twigs



Lawrence, David Herbert    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Lawrence, D. H.
953 poems available by this author


13 PICTURES       
First Line: O my thirteen pictures are in prison
Last Line: Sensibilities hate everything that's well


13,000 PEOPLE       
First Line: Thirteen thousand people came to see
Last Line: With my fellow-countrymen; or else I don't belong


A BABY ASLEEP AFTER PAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: As a drenched, drowned bee
Last Line: Are a heaviness, and a weariness.
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


A LOVE SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Reject me not if I should say to you
Last Line: [or, the sleep no dream nor doubt can undermine.]
Subject(s): Love


A PASSING BELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Mournfully to and fro, to and fro the trees are waving
Last Line: No, look at the wet starling.


A SPIRITUAL WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Close your eyes, my love, let me make you blind
Last Line: I hate you.


A WINTER'S TALE    Poem Text    
First Line: Yesterday the fields were only grey with scattered snow
Last Line: Why does she come, when she knows what I have to tell?


ABSOLUTE REVERENCE       
First Line: I feel absolute reverence to nobody and to nothing human
Last Line: I feel absolute reverence. Say no more


ABYSMAL IMMORTALITY       
First Line: It is not easy to fall out of the hands of the living god
Last Line: Of those that have fallen from god


AFTER ALL SAINTS' DAY       
First Line: Wrapped in the dark-red mantle of warm memories
Last Line: Of marginal existence


AFTER ALL THE TRAGEDIES ARE OVER       
First Line: After all the tragedies are over and worn out
Last Line: The beaches can do nothing about it


AFTER DARK       
First Line: Can you, after dark, become a darkie
Last Line: And catch flesh like the night in one's arms


AFTER MANY DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: I wonder if with you, as it is with me
Last Line: Your pleasure now.


AFTER THE OPERA       
First Line: Down the stone stairs
Last Line: The reddened, aching eyes of the bar-man with thin arms, %I am glad to go back to where I came from


AH, MURIEL       
First Line: I have many prayers to say
Last Line: When I stand in the doorway, shamefully


ALL I ASK       
First Line: All I ask of a woman is that she shall feel gently towards me
Last Line: On being loved, when there is no love in them


ALL OF ROSES    Poem Text    
First Line: By the isar, in the twilight
Last Line: "here in this simmering marsh."
Variant Title(s): River Roses
Subject(s): Fear; Flowers; Roses


ALL SORTS OF GODS       
First Line: There's all sorts of gods, all sorts and every sort
Last Line: You may see glimpses of the gods in them


ALL SOULS       
First Line: They are chanting now the service of all the dead
Last Line: I am a naked candle burning on your grave
Subject(s): Graves


ALL SOULS' DAY       
First Line: Be careful, then, and be gentle about death
Last Line: Like departing mariners, lovingly


ALL THAT WE HAVE IS LIFE       
First Line: All that we have, while we live, is life
Last Line: For if a man has no life in his work, he is mostly a heap of dung


ALL-KNOWING       
First Line: All that we know is nothing, we are merely crammed waste-paper
Last Line: Unless we are in touch with that which laughs at all our knowing


ALMOND BLOSSOM       
First Line: Even iron can put forth
Last Line: Sore-hearted-looking st my eyes


ALTERCATION       
First Line: Now look here
Last Line: Right ch'are, boss! An' what abaht it?


ALWAYS THIS PAYING       
First Line: Nothing is really any fun, today
Last Line: Why don't we do something about the money system?


AMERICAN EAGLE       
First Line: The dove of liberty sat on an egg
Last Line: The addled golden egg


AMO SACRUM VULGUS       
First Line: Oh I am of the people
Last Line: The middle-class money-power


ANAXAGORAS       
First Line: When anaxagoras says: even snow is black
Last Line: But never the ghost of a glimpse of anaxagoras' funeral black


AND OH -- THAT THE MAN I AM MIGHT CEASE TO BE --       
First Line: No, now I wish the sunshine would stop
Last Line: Inside me, and out, heavily dark %utterly


ANDRAITX: POMEGRANATE FLOWERS       
First Line: It is june, it is june / the pomegranates are in flower
Subject(s): Mallorca; Pomegranates; Majorca


ANDRAITX: POMEGRANATE FLOWERS       
First Line: It is june, it is june %the pomegranates are in flower
Last Line: Red flamelets here and there reveal %a man, a woman there
Subject(s): Mallorca; Pomegranates


ANIMALS       
First Line: Yes, and if oxen or lions had hands, and could paint
Last Line: Swine wash in mire, and barnyard fowls in dust.'


APOSTROPHE TO A BUDDHIST MONK       
First Line: Oh my bald head
Last Line: As a vendor of fried fish, once more yellow


APPEAL       
First Line: You, helen, who see the stars
Last Line: How can you from my bowl of kisses shrink


ARE YOU PINING       
First Line: Are you pining to be superior
Last Line: Oh you mangy hound, go to hell


ARGONAUTS       
First Line: They are not dead, they are not dead!
Last Line: Have not yet passed the islands, I must watch them still
Subject(s): Argo (ship)


ARISTOCRACY OF THE SUN       
First Line: To be an aristocrat of the sun
Last Line: We need have no dead people, money-slaves, and social worms


AS FOR ME, I'M A PATRIOT       
First Line: Whatever else they say of me
Last Line: Nor put me under a ban


AS THYSELF       
First Line: Supposing I say: dogs are my neighbours
Last Line: Which I shrink from


ASS       
First Line: The long-drawn bray of the ass
Last Line: Not sure-ure-ure %quite which! %which


ASTRONOMICAL CHANGES       
First Line: Dawn is no longer in the house of the fish
Last Line: While the pole star lies aside, like an old axle taken from the wheel


AT A LOOSE END    Poem Text    
First Line: Many years have I still to burn, detained
Last Line: A night where she dreams my dreams for me, ever the same.
Variant Title(s): Dissolute


AT LAST       
First Line: When things get very bad, they pass beyond tragedy
Last Line: Howling their nowhereness


AT THE BANK IN SPAIN       
First Line: Even the old priest, in his long black robe and silvery hair
Last Line: Shook hands with him


AT THE FRONT    Poem Text    
First Line: Far-off the lily-statues stand white-ranked in the garden
Last Line: With me, both in one hurt.
Variant Title(s): Heimweh
Subject(s): Home


AT THE WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: The pine-trees bend to listen to the autumn wind as it mutters
Last Line: That watch for ever earnestly from behind the window glass.


ATTACK       
First Line: When we came out of the wood
Last Line: Of the luminous ghost


ATTILA       
First Line: I would call attila on his little horse
Last Line: A man of peace


AUGUST HOLIDAYS       
First Line: Along the lake, like seals, like seals
Last Line: Bad and the good %all except


AUTO-DA-FE       
First Line: Help! Help! They want to burn my pictures
Last Line: Look out, my lad, you've got 'em on your track


AUTUMN AT TAOS       
First Line: Over the rounded sides of the rockies, the aspens of autumn
Last Line: Are nerveless just now %so be easy
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons


AUTUMN RAIN       
First Line: The plane leaves
Last Line: Finely divisible %falling as rain


AUTUMN SUNSHINE    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun sets out the autumn crocuses
Last Line: Break out of this foul has-been.


AWARE       
First Line: Slowly the moon is rising out of the ruddy haze
Last Line: I follow her down the night, begging her not to depart


BABY RUNNING BAREFOOT    Poem Text    
First Line: When the white feet of the baby beat across the grass
Last Line: Or firm and silken as young peony flowers.
Subject(s): Babies; Children; Mothers; Infants; Childhood


BABY TORTOISE    Poem Text    
First Line: You know what it is to be born alone
Last Line: Invincible fore-runner.
Subject(s): Turtles; Tortoises


BAD BEGINNING       
First Line: The yellow sun steps over the mountain-top
Last Line: Am I. Which way are you coming


BALLAD OF A WILFUL WOMAN       
First Line: Upon her plodding palfrey
Last Line: She is brewing hope from despair


BALLAD OF ANOTHER ORPHELIA    Poem Text    
First Line: O the green glimmer of apples in the orchard
Last Line: Did you see the wicked sun that winked!


BARE ALMOND TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: Wet almond-trees, in the rain
Subject(s): Environment; Travel; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Journeys; Trips


BARE ALMOND TREES       
First Line: Wet almond-trees, in the rain
Last Line: Of uneatable soft green
Subject(s): Environment; Travel; Trees


BARE FIG-TREES       
First Line: Fig-trees, weird fig-trees
Last Line: Wicked fig-tree, equality puzzle, with your self-conscious %secret fruits


BASTA!       
First Line: When a man can love not more
Last Line: In my very being


BAT    Poem Text    
First Line: At evening, sitting on this terrace
Subject(s): Animals; Bats; Florence, Italy; Travel; Journeys; Trips


BAT       
First Line: At evening, sitting on this terrace
Last Line: In china the bat is symbol of happiness. %not for me!
Subject(s): Animals; Bats; Florence, Italy; Travel


BAT       
First Line: Dark air-life looping
Last Line: Like a glove, a black glove thrown up at the light, %and falling back
Subject(s): Animals


BATHING RESORT       
First Line: Health is everything, health is all
Last Line: They'll melt miraculously back into slime


BATTLE OF LIFE       
First Line: Is life strife, is it the long combat
Last Line: I am only involved


BAVARIAN GENTIANS    Poem Text    
First Line: Not every man has gentians in his house
Last Line: Among the splendour of torches of darkness, shedding darkness on the lost bride and her groom.
Subject(s): Autumn; Consolation; Flowers; Gentians; Seasons; Fall; Fringed Gentians


BAVARIAN GENTIANS (1932 MS. 'A')       
First Line: Not every man has gentians in his house
Last Line: At the marriage of the living dark
Subject(s): Consolation; Flowers; Gentians


BE A DEMON       
First Line: Oh be a demon
Last Line: And hark to his holloa


BE IT SO       
First Line: O, if a flame is in you, be it so
Last Line: You are for that moment one of the gods, jesus or fafnir or priapus %or siva


BE STILL!       
First Line: The only thing to be done, now
Last Line: And even the sea of seas will have to give up its dead


BEAUTIFUL OLD AGE       
First Line: It ought to be lovely to be old
Last Line: My father has faced all weathers, but it's been a life


BEHAVIOUR       
First Line: It is well to be disciplined in all the social usages
Last Line: And naked embrace an anti-climax, humiliating and ridiculous


BEI HENNEF       
First Line: The little river twittering in the twilight
Last Line: Strange, how we suffer in spite of this


BEING ALIVE       
First Line: The only reason for living is being fully alive
Last Line: Or we must see men die, and then die ourselves


BELIEF       
First Line: Forever nameless
Last Line: Yet forever felt in the soul


BELLS       
First Line: The mohammedans say that the sound of bells
Last Line: There are other ways of summons, crying: listen! Listen! Co me near


BEST OF SCHOOL       
First Line: The blinds are drawn because of the sun
Last Line: Is hidden in theirs, their thrills are mine


BEWARE THE UNHAPPY DEAD       
First Line: Beware the unhappy dead thrust out of life
Last Line: Unknown within your breast and your deadened loins


BEWARE, O MY DEAR YOUNG MEN       
Last Line: Goggling obscenities! If that's you and your fate, why then,dree it


BEYOND THE ROCKIES       
First Line: There are people there, beyond the rockies
Last Line: And more space than in life


BIBBLES       
First Line: Bibbles %little black dog in new mexico
Last Line: And I'll protect you


BIRDCAGE WALK    Poem Text    
First Line: When the wind blows her veil
Last Line: I cease, I turn pale.


BIRDS       
First Line: Birds are the life of the skies, and when they fly,
Last Line: Birds have their voices, each means a different thing


BIRTH NIGHT       
First Line: This fireglow is a red womb
Last Line: Of the man in me


BITS: 1. THE LAST MINUTE       
First Line: When in the morning I rose to depart, my love came to say farewell
Last Line: Do not ask me, almighty god, to part from her again


BITS: 10. THE CHILD AND THE SOLDIER       
First Line: Oh brother, put me in your pouch
Last Line: And gives me everything


BITS: 11. PIETA       
First Line: Thou our maiden, thou who dwellest in heaven
Last Line: Be near us. And god's will be done


BITS: 12. THE GREY NURSE       
First Line: The grey nurse entered a rose garden
Last Line: And roses wondered at her prayer


BITS: 13. LITANY OF GREY NURSES       
First Line: Sister, oh holy sister
Last Line: Here by thy tomb


BITS: 14. MESSAGE TO A PERFIDIOUS SOLDIER       
First Line: If you meet my young man
Last Line: Tell him prayer is stronger than iron, faith %makes no demands


BITS: 15. DUST IN THE EAST       
First Line: Rain, pour down, pour down
Last Line: No more would I let him eat


BITS: 16. THE GIRL IN CAIRO       
First Line: Oh colonel, you from embaba
Last Line: Oh, how this night has happened perfectly


BITS: 17. THE JEWESS AND THE V.C.       
First Line: Ah, young man!
Last Line: Lover you make, such a hero in front of the foe


BITS: 18. ZEPPELIN NIGHTS       
First Line: Now, will you play all night
Last Line: On sunday afternoon
Variant Title(s): Zeppeli
Subject(s): Airships


BITS: 19. MUNITIONS       
First Line: For god's sake, let us stop, oh you who stand behind us
Last Line: The blood from our hearts, oh you who stand behind us


BITS: 2. VICAR'S SON       
First Line: Child dear to my eye, god's blessing is on thy service
Last Line: Me too at last ere thou goest, child dear to my eye


BITS: 20. LAND-WORKER       
First Line: As she goes about the homestead
Last Line: Her kerchief flutters red


BITS: 21. MOURNING       
First Line: Why do you go about looking for me, mother
Last Line: Why are you so anxious? Leave me peaceful with my dead


BITS: 22. MESOPOTAMIA       
First Line: The sun is gone from mid-heaven, the soldiers are gone from hence
Last Line: Me now if I've lost my mess-mates, lost them forever


BITS: 23. TALES       
First Line: The gazelle-calf, oh my children
Last Line: Wearing no boot, my children


BITS: 24. FOREIGN SUNSET       
First Line: Oh master, let it be loose-all, it is enough
Last Line: For the word. Now let us go through the gate


BITS: 25. PRISONER AT WORK IN A TURKISH GARDEN       
First Line: Appeal from the garden: %over the fountains and the orange-trees
Last Line: Each evening, bitter again


BITS: 26. RESPONSE FROM THE HAREM:       
First Line: Sisters, I am sorry for this foreign man
Last Line: Sisters, the guns are speaking; let all %sing soothingly


BITS: 27. SWING SONG OF A GIRL AND A SOLDIER       
First Line: Brother, the scent of your clothing
Last Line: Brother, let me die down again


BITS: 28. PRISONERS AT WORK IN THE RAIN       
First Line: Oh, the moist, full water-jar
Last Line: To make an end of the malice of this overseer


BITS: 29. THE WELL IN AFRICA       
First Line: Thou well of kilossa, thy well-chords are of silver
Last Line: Heal me, for body and soul I am not well


BITS: 3. DRILL IN THE HEAT       
First Line: Go forward, sun, do not torment us
Last Line: The greed of this infamous fellow for our sweat


BITS: 30. NEITHER MOTH NOR RUST       
First Line: God, only god is eternally
Last Line: They are dead, so god was between you, you see


BITS: 4. MOTHER'S SON IN SALONIKA       
First Line: The midnight shadow sinking down has slung
Last Line: Do you lift your lips to kiss me good night, my love


BITS: 5. CASUALTY       
First Line: As I went down the street in my rose-red pelerine
Last Line: One of you kindle a fire to consume them withal


BITS: 6. MAIDEN'S PRAYER       
First Line: I have come to the house of god
Last Line: And lord -- but hark at the pigeons, what are they chattering for


BITS: 7. MAN HAULING A WAGON       
First Line: Hast thou determined to strangle me, o god
Last Line: Let this old cart %blister -- !


BITS: 8. SIGHS       
First Line: Ah, my love, my dear
Last Line: Or leave me alone


BITS: 9. DAUGHTER OF THE GREAT MAN       
First Line: The daughter of the great man rolls her khaki wool
Last Line: Of danger I find her, even worse than the fields where we die


BITTERNESS OF DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah, stern, cold man
Last Line: Is this what's become of you?
Variant Title(s): A Woman And Her Dead Husband;a Man Who Died
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


BLANK       
First Line: At present I am a blank, and I admit it
Last Line: And makes me know I am not blank any longer


BLUE    Poem Text    
First Line: The earth again like a ship steams out of the dark sea over
Last Line: The darkness into play.


BLUE JAY       
First Line: The blue jay with a crest on his head
Last Line: You copper-sulphate blue bird
Subject(s): Animals


BLUENESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of the darkness, fretted sometimes in its sleeping
Last Line: Of midnight shake it to fire, so the secret of death we see.
Variant Title(s): The Mystic Blue


BODILESS GOD       
First Line: Everything that has beauty has a body, and is a body
Last Line: And he is supposed to be mighty and glorious


BODY OF GOD       
First Line: God is the great urge that has not yet found a body
Last Line: The rest, the undiscoverable, is the demi-urge
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


BOMBARDMENT       
First Line: The town has opened to the sun
Last Line: Flower: the day has begun


BOREDOM, ENNUI, DEPRESSION       
First Line: And boredom, ennui, depression
Last Line: And cannot be localised


BOTH SIDES OF THE MEDAL       
First Line: And because you love me
Last Line: A disarray of falling stars coming to nought


BOUNDARY STONE       
First Line: So, salt is the boundary mark between fire that burns, and the wet
Last Line: Are marked out with the boundary of salt, between fire and the wet


BOURGEOIS AND BOLSCHEVIST       
First Line: The bourgeois produces the bolshevist, inevitably
Last Line: In the opposite half-truth


BOWLS       
First Line: Take away all this crystal and silver
Last Line: To put to my lips


BREAD UPON THE WATERS       
First Line: So you are lost to me
Last Line: For you are lost to me


BREATH OF LIFE (1)       
First Line: The breath of life and the sharp winds of change are the same thing
Last Line: And the breath of life never comes to nourish them


BREATH OF LIFE (2)       
First Line: The breath of life is in the sharp winds of change
Last Line: Screens us purely, and we can slip through


BRITANNIA'S BABY       
First Line: Oh britannia's got a baby, a baby, a baby
Last Line: For oh, the british public is a lucky little man


BRITISH SINCERITY       
First Line: They tell me that these british moral birds
Last Line: Or what is it that my nation is suffering from


BRITISH WORKMAN AND THE GOVERNMENT       
First Line: Hold my hand, auntie, auntie
Last Line: And you don't seem to understand


BROADCASTING TO THE G.B.P.       
First Line: Hushaby baby, on a tree top
Last Line: There are no mice in our royal palaces. Omit it!


BROODING GRIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: A yellow leaf from the darkness
Last Line: Of leaves and lamps and traffic mingled before me.
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


BROTHER AND SISTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The shorn moon trembling indistinct on her path
Last Line: Let us rise and leave her now, she will never know.
Subject(s): Brothers & Sisters


BUT I SAY UNTO YOU: LOVE ONE ANOTHER       
First Line: Oh I have loved my fellow-men
Last Line: And one trapped one's fingers in their brassy, polished works


BUTTERFLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Butterfly, the wind blows sea-ward, strong beyond the garden wall
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects; Bugs


BUTTERFLY       
First Line: Butterfly, the wind blows sea-ward, strong beyond the garden wall
Last Line: It is enough! I saw you vanish into air
Subject(s): Butterflies; Insects


CABBAGE-ROSES       
First Line: You may smell the breath of the gods in the common roses
Last Line: Will at last send you insane


CALL INTO DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Since I lost you, my darling, the sky has come near
Last Line: Where you are lost, what rest, my love, what rest!
Variant Title(s): Elegy
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


CAN'T BE BORNE       
First Line: Any woman who says to me
Last Line: Earns my undying detestation


CANVASSING FOR THE ELECTION       
First Line: Excuse me, but are you a superior person
Last Line: Splendidly -- and it is a comfort, isn't it?


CENSORS       
First Line: The trouble about those that set up to be moral judges
Last Line: Nor a dose of capsicum essence, giving an orgasm


CENSORS       
First Line: Censors are dead men
Last Line: Breathing of the dead men, %the censors, breathing with relief
Subject(s): Capital Punishment; Censorship; Human Rights


CEREBRAL EMOTIONS       
First Line: I am sick of people's cerebral emotions
Last Line: You don't have to assert that you feel it


CHANGE       
First Line: Do you think it is easy to change
Last Line: It means passing through the waters of oblivion


CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT       
First Line: We've got a change of government
Last Line: Oh, aunt louie's the one I dread


CHANGE OF LIFE: 1. THE WOMAN WEEPS HER CHANGE OF LIFE       
First Line: Languidly month by month
Last Line: Don't take the blood of my body


CHANGE OF LIFE: 2. SHE WEEPS, AND CANNOT BE COMFORTED       
First Line: Even remembrance seeps out
Last Line: Death! Death! Take me with you, to spare me this last


CHANGE OF LIFE: 3. YET THROUGH THE TEARS STEALS A SENSE       
First Line: Ah be still, be still! After all
Last Line: Of his throat below his song


CHANGE OF LIFE: 4. SHE REJOICES IN HER NEW NAKEDNESS       
First Line: Blessed in all things
Last Line: Towards the silent doors of the west


CHANGE OF LIFE: 5. SHE SEES MEN WALKING TOWARDS HER,       
First Line: Tall virgins of the afterwards
Last Line: Sauntering down the long slope from the east


CHANGE OF LIFE: 6. AND ON THE TREES HANG THE APPLES OF GOLD       
First Line: At last, at last, after all
Last Line: That are virgins at last from the furnace, with vergin %women the same


CHANGE OF LIFE: 7. AND THE SERPENTS WANDER THEIR OWN WAYS       
First Line: The men come in by the furnace-gate of the west
Last Line: Saying nothing, no more to be said


CHASTITY       
First Line: Chastity, beloved chastity
Last Line: In this mind-mischievous age
Subject(s): Chastity


CHERRY ROBBERS       
First Line: Under the long dark boughs, like jewels red
Last Line: If she has any tears


CHILDREN SINGING IN SCHOOL       
First Line: Class-children are singing in school
Last Line: Which are meant to be the old folk-song: strawberry fair


CHIMAERA       
First Line: Most people, today, are chimaera
Last Line: And sphinxes of self-consciousness


CHOICE       
First Line: I would rather sit still in a state of peace
Last Line: And feel the peacelessness of the multimillionaire poisoning me


CHOICE OF EVILS       
First Line: If I have to choose between the bourgeois and the bolchevist
Last Line: As a half-lie causes the immediate contradiction of the other half-lie


CHURCH       
First Line: If I was a member of the church of rome
Last Line: To inculcate the new conception of the risen man


CITY-LIFE       
First Line: When I see the great cities
Last Line: Of the factory world


CLASSES       
First Line: There are two classes of men
Last Line: The robots, those who deny the gleam


CLIMB DOWN, O LORDLY MIND       
Last Line: I am, I do not think I am


CLIMBING DOWN       
First Line: They are afraid of climbin down from this idiotic tin-pot heaven
Last Line: Resurrected from the death of mechanical motion and emotion


CLIMBING UP       
First Line: When you climb up to the middle classes
Last Line: No! No matter how you may shove


CLYDESIDER       
First Line: If maudie doesn't love us
Last Line: We can run our own show


COLD BLOOD       
First Line: In cold blood, I cannot feel goddesses in the summer evening
Last Line: I feel goddesses trafficking mysteriously through the air


COLDNESS IN LOVE       
First Line: And you remember, in the afternoon
Last Line: That my love can dawn in warmth again, unafraid


COLLIER'S WIFE       
First Line: Somebody's knockin' at th' door
Last Line: What a traipse it is, if a man gets hurt! %I sh'd think 'e'll get right again


COMBATIVE SPIRIT       
First Line: As a matter of fact, we are better than we know
Last Line: The system allows us to be


COME SPRING, COME SORROW    Poem Text    
First Line: Round clouds roll in the arms of the wind
Last Line: With this year's newness! -- and is that evil?
Variant Title(s): Mating


COMING AWAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: When I woke, the lake-lights were quivering on the wall
Last Line: Of the impending bee -- they were fair enough sights.


COMMANDMENTS       
First Line: When jesus commanded us to love our neighbour
Last Line: And faked love has rotted our marrow


COMPARI       
First Line: I would like a few men to be at peace with
Last Line: But men to be at peace with


CONCEIT       
First Line: It is conceit that kills us
Last Line: Now let me be myself, in the being, one of the gods


CONSCIENCE       
First Line: Conscience %is sun-awareness
Last Line: Not to go against the sun


CONUNDRUMS       
First Line: Tell me a word
Last Line: Yet the name is taboo


COROT       
First Line: The trees rise taller and taller, lifted
Last Line: Breathe largely the luminous breeze


CORRESPONDENCE IN AFTER YEARS       
First Line: A man wrote to me: we missed it, you and I
Last Line: A miss is as good as a mile %mister


COURAGE       
First Line: What makes people unsatisfied
Last Line: Is sour, bitter fruits, cankered by lies


COWARDICE AND IMPUDENCE       
First Line: Bourgeois cowardice produces bolshevist impudence
Last Line: The world will be torn in two


COWARDS       
First Line: In all creation, only man cowers and is afraid of life
Last Line: As man is likely to do


CRAVING FOR SPRING       
First Line: I wish it were spring in the world
Last Line: Worse, let me not deceive myself


CREATURES       
First Line: But fishes are very fiery, and take to the water to cool themselves.'
Last Line: The sun lives in his shining, and is not like fires, that die


CROSS       
First Line: Behold your cross, christians
Last Line: Between you and the robot-hordes, misnamed your fellowmen


CRY OF THE MASSES       
First Line: Give us back, oh give us back
Last Line: Give us back our bodies for one day


CUPS       
First Line: Cups, let them be dark
Last Line: I want to drink out of dark cups that drip down on %their feet


CYPRESSES       
First Line: Tuscan cypresses %what is it?
Last Line: And mechanical america montezuma still
Subject(s): Cypress Trees; Etruscan Civilization; Florence, Italy


DADDY-DO-NOTHING       
First Line: Mr gladstone was a very good man
Last Line: Called him: old daddy-do-nothing


DARK SATANIC MILLS       
First Line: The dark, satanic mills of blake
Last Line: What are they then


DEAD PEOPLE       
First Line: When people are dead and peaceless
Last Line: Hovering to peck out the eyes of the still-living creature


DEADLY VICTORIANS       
First Line: We hate the victorians so much
Last Line: And we are the gelded third and fourth generation


DEATH       
First Line: Death is no escape, ah no! Only a doorway to the inevitable
Last Line: All they are softened back to life-stuff again, against which they %hardened themselves


DEATH IS NOT EVIL, EVIL IS MECHANICAL       
First Line: Only the human being, absolved from kissing and strife
Last Line: A centre of the evil world-soul


DEBACLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The trees in trouble because of autumn
Last Line: And suffer unheeding, only forbidden to expire.
Variant Title(s): Reality Of Peace, 1916
Subject(s): Peace


DECEMBER NIGHT       
First Line: Take off your cloak and your hat
Last Line: Until they glow


DEEPER THAN LOVE       
First Line: There is love, and it is a deep thing
Last Line: All this is deeper than love %deeper than love


DEEPEST SENSUALITY       
First Line: The profoundest of all our sensualities
Last Line: Is the sense of justice


DELIGHT OF BEING ALONE       
First Line: I know no greater delight than the sheer delight of being alone
Last Line: Alone on a hillside in the north, humming in the wind
Subject(s): Environment; Trees


DEMIURGE       
First Line: They say that reality exists only in the spirit
Last Line: With a body and with needs, and a lovely spirit


DEMOCRACY       
First Line: I am a democrat in so far as I love the free sun in men
Last Line: They shouldn't exist


DEMOCRACY IS SERVICE       
First Line: Democracy is service, but not the service of demos
Last Line: And the few look into the eyes of the gods, and serve the sheer gods


DEMON JUSTICE       
First Line: If you want justice
Last Line: Not quite to ignore %the jolly little member


DEPARTURE       
First Line: Now some men must get up and depart
Last Line: We must make an isle impregnable %against evil


DESIRE       
First Line: Ah, in the past, towards rare individuals
Last Line: Except to be left, in the last resort, alone, quite alone


DESIRE GOES DOWN INTO THE SEA       
First Line: I have no desire any more
Last Line: Only mid-ocean


DESIRE IS DEAD       
First Line: Desire may be dead
Last Line: As in a wintry tree


DESTINY       
First Line: O destiny, destiny
Last Line: I wish you'd show your hand


DIES ILLA       
First Line: Dies irae, dies illa
Last Line: And the house comes down, with a subsiding crash


DIES IRAE       
First Line: Even the old emotions are finished
Last Line: In this world of mechanical self-assertion


DIFFERENCE       
First Line: People are like leaves, fluttering and gay on the bush of the globe
Last Line: They glisten and shake


DIFFICULT DEATH       
First Line: It is not easy to die, o it is not easy
Last Line: After the bitter passage of oblivion


DISAGREEABLE ADVICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Always, sweetheart
Last Line: Of mirth; then the dripping of tears on your glove.
Variant Title(s): Irony
Subject(s): Irony


DISCIPLINE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is stormy, and raindrops cling like silver bees to the panes
Last Line: Is complete for the moment, yet wait, and you'll see that my flower will live.
Subject(s): Discipline; Youth


DISCORD IN CHILDHOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Outside the house an ash-tree hung its terrible whips
Last Line: The other voice in a silence of blood, 'neath the noise of the ash.


DOE AT EVENING       
First Line: As I went through the marshes
Last Line: Has she not fled on the same wind with me? %does not my fear cover her fear?
Subject(s): Deer


DOG-TIRED       
First Line: If she would come to me here
Last Line: This ache was shed


DOLOUR OF AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: The acrid scents of autumn
Last Line: For the stars to probe.
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Fall


DOMINANT WOMAN       
First Line: Dominant women are as a rule so subtly and fiendishly domineering
Last Line: From the dragon of the modern female


DON JUAN       
First Line: It is isis the mystery
Last Line: Must be in love with me
Subject(s): Don Juan


DON'T LOOK AT ME       
First Line: My dears, don't look at me, I am merely terrified of you
Last Line: So perhaps you'll do it


DON'TS       
First Line: Fight your little fight, my boy
Last Line: That the risen christ should be risen


DOORS       
First Line: But evil is a third thing
Last Line: But evil, evil is another thing! In another place


DRAINED CUP       
First Line: T' snow is witherin' off'n th' gress
Last Line: Ay, it's a rum un!


DRAWING-ROOM       
First Line: You sit talking in all earnestness to a woman
Last Line: Yet you go on talking, in all earnestness


DREAM-CONFUSED       
First Line: Is that the moon
Last Line: We misunderstood!


DREAMS OLD AND NASCENT: NASCENT    Poem Text    
First Line: My world is a painted memory, where coloured shapes
Last Line: Then to fall back exhausted into the unconscious, molten life!
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


DREAMS OLD AND NASCENT: OLD    Poem Text    
First Line: I have opened the window to warm my hands on the sill
Last Line: The mists of vanishing tears and the echo of laughter.


DRUNK    Poem Text    
First Line: Too far away, o love, I know
Last Line: Keep with you the troth I trowed.
Subject(s): Solitude; Loneliness


EA, THE SEA       
First Line: The sea dissolves so much
Last Line: Into salty nothingness


EAGLE IN NEW MEXICO (1)       
First Line: Towards the sun, towards the south-west
Last Line: Can be put out of office as sacrifice bringer
Subject(s): Birds; Eagles


EAGLE IN NEW MEXICO (2)       
First Line: On a low cedar-bush
Last Line: Oh eagle of kings and emperors %what next
Subject(s): Birds; Eagles


EDITORIAL OFFICE       
First Line: Applicant for post as literary critic: here are my
Last Line: Have the welfare of the british public at heart


EFFORT OF LOVE       
First Line: I am worn out
Last Line: So long as it didn't all fizzle out in talk


EGO-BOUND       
First Line: As a plant becomes pot-bound
Last Line: And get his roots in earth again %raw earth


EGO-BOUND WOMEN       
First Line: Ego-bound women are often lesbian
Last Line: Individuals must go mad


EGOISTS       
First Line: The only question to ask today, about man or woman
Last Line: Yet I can't be alone, I want somebody to keep me warm


ELDERLY DISCONTENTED WOMEN       
First Line: Elderly discontented women ask for intimate companionship
Last Line: As they try to screw everybody else down with their will


ELEGY       
First Line: The sun immense and rosy
Last Line: Through the film I can almost touch you


ELEMENTAL       
First Line: Why don't people leave off being lovable
Last Line: I am sick of lovable people, %somehow they are a lie
Subject(s): Human Behavior


ELEMENTS       
First Line: We don't know how lovely the elements are
Last Line: Oh lovely women


ELEPHANT       
First Line: You go down shaade to the river, where naked men sit
Last Line: Crook the knee and be glad


ELEPHANT IS SLOW TO MATE       
First Line: The elephant, the huge old beast
Last Line: Moves as the moon-tides, near, more near, %till they touch in flood
Subject(s): Elephants


ELEPHANTS IN THE CIRCUS       
Last Line: And show vast bellies to the children


ELEPHANTS PLODDING       
First Line: Plod! Plod!
Last Line: The worn arches of their spines support
Subject(s): Animals


ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?       
First Line: How I hate myself, this body which is me
Last Line: Cleansed and in concord from the bed of death


ELYSIUM       
First Line: I have found a place of loneliness
Last Line: Of time from out of which I come
Subject(s): Solitude


EMASCULATION       
First Line: When mercury and love and death
Last Line: Come blow up your horn


EMBANKMENT AT NIGHT, BEFORE THE WAR: CHARITY    Poem Text    
First Line: By the river / in the black wet night as the furtive rain slinks down
Last Line: The touch was on the quick. I want to forget.


EMBANKMENT AT NIGHT, BEFORE THE WAR: OUTCASTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The night rain, dripping unseen
Last Line: Above intertwined plasm.


EMOTIONAL FRIEND       
First Line: He said to me: you don't trust me
Last Line: Since there was no circumstance requiring trust between us


EMOTIONAL LIES       
First Line: You hear a woman say: I love my husband dearly
Last Line: Even it is a trick: but she is not ashamed


EN MASSE       
First Line: Today, society has sanctified
Last Line: Word of our civilisation


END OF ANOTHER HOME HOLIDAY       
First Line: When shall I see the half-moon sink again
Last Line: Asking something more of me %yet more of me


END, THE BEGINNING       
First Line: If there were not an utter and absolute dark
Last Line: The soul has peace, inward and lovely peace


ENDLESS ANXIETY    Poem Text    
First Line: The hoar-frost crumbles in the sun
Last Line: She has no rest.


ENERGETIC WOMEN       
First Line: Why are women so energetic
Last Line: Women felt it was no longer any use being a linger-longer-lucy


ENGLAND IN 1929       
First Line: England was always a country of men
Last Line: And like to become incurably diseased inside


ENGLISH ARE SO NICE       
Last Line: But nice enough, just nice enough %to let them feel they're not quite as nice as they might be
Subject(s): England; Men


ERINNYES       
First Line: There has been so much noise
Last Line: Sure of our dead in the proud halls of death


ESCAPE       
First Line: When we get out of the glass bottles of our own ego
Last Line: We shall laugh, and institutions will curl up like burnt paper
Subject(s): Modern Man


EVANGELISTIC BEASTS       
First Line: Oh put them back, put them back in the four corners
Last Line: And the bull, nor wakes from the light-eyed eagle sleep


EVENING LAND       
First Line: Oh, america %the sun sets in you
Last Line: These states! As whitman said %whatever he meant


EVENING LAND       
First Line: O america


EVERLASTING FLOWERS FOR A DEAD MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Who do you think stands watching
Last Line: In glad surprise.
Subject(s): Mothers


EVIL IS HOMELESS       
First Line: Evil has no home
Last Line: And has no home, no home anywhere


EVIL WORLD-SOUL       
First Line: Oh, there is evil, there is an evil world-soul
Last Line: And the symbol of the robot is the wheel revolving


EXCURSION TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: I wonder, can the night go by,
Last Line: That would leap to you from my heart?


FACTORY CITIES       
First Line: Oh, over the factory cities there seems to hover a doom
Last Line: Boiling black death


FALLEN LEAVES       
First Line: There is the organic connection, like leaves that belong to a tree
Last Line: Grinding them small to humus, on earth's nether mill-stone


FALSE DEMOCRACY AND REAL       
First Line: If man only looks to man, and no-one sees beyond
Last Line: And the stream is towards the gods, not backwards, towards man


FATALITY       
First Line: No one, not even god, an put back a leaf on to a tree
Last Line: Into the circulating sap, once more, of the tree of life


FATE AND THE YOUNGER GENERATION       
First Line: It is strange to think of the annas, the vronskys ... All the tolstoyan lot
Last Line: Well, it won't matter so very much either


FATIGUE       
First Line: My soul has had a long, hard day
Last Line: Where the angels used to alight


FEAR OF SOCIETY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL       
First Line: Today, the social consciousness is mutilated
Last Line: A fearful thing is the mutilated social consciousness


FELLOW-MEN       
First Line: A few are my fellow-men
Last Line: Let them serve


FEMALE COERCION       
First Line: If men only fought outwards into the world
Last Line: The modern circe-dom!


FIDELITY       
First Line: Fidelity and love are two different things
Last Line: The gem of mutual peace emerging from the wild chaos of love
Subject(s): Fidelity; Love


FIGHT! O MY YOUNG MEN       
First Line: Fight! Don't you feel you're fading
Last Line: That have ground you so small


FIGS       
First Line: The proper way to eat a fig, in society,
Last Line: And bursten figs won't keep


FILM PASSION       
First Line: If all those females who so passionately loved
Last Line: Worse than the evil eye


FINDING YOUR LEVEL       
First Line: Down, down, down!
Last Line: Who are very superior people %oh very


FIRE       
First Line: Wave them 5flap white wings and yellow pinions
Last Line: Only cold, instead of quick


FIRE       
First Line: Fire is dearer to us than love or food
Last Line: And singes us, and burns the house down


FIREFLIES IN THE CORN       
First Line: Look at the little darlings in the corn
Last Line: My poor, my perished soul with the sight of you
Subject(s): Fireflies


FIRST MORNING       
First Line: The night was a failure
Last Line: Everything starts from us %we are the source


FISH       
First Line: Fish, oh fish
Last Line: Jesus was called the fish %and in the end


FLAPPER    Poem Text    
First Line: Love has crept out of her sealed heart
Last Line: That she says, and her words rejoice.


FLAPPER VOTE       
First Line: We voted 'em in, and we'll vote 'em out
Last Line: We'll back you up, uncle! We're young, and we're juicy!


FLAT SUBURBS, S.W., IN THE MORNING       
First Line: The new red houses spring like plants
Last Line: That has stripped their sprigs


FLOWERS       
First Line: And long ago, the almond was the symbol of resurrection
Last Line: Far-off kings, painted their faces vermilion, and were almost gods


FLOWERS AND MEN       
First Line: Flowers achieve their own floweriness and it is a miracle
Last Line: Pouring out his breath


FOOD OF THE NORTH       
First Line: The food of the north tastes too much of the fat
Last Line: Not with the fat of the pig


FOR A MOMENT       
First Line: For a moment, at evening, tired, as he stepped off the tram-car
Last Line: In whom I can trust


FOR ALL THAT       
First Line: For all that, life will only be good again when there is a generous
Last Line: To abolish the tyranny of money


FOR THE HEROES ARE DIPPED IN SCARLET       
First Line: Before plato told the great lie of ideals
Last Line: How glistening red they are


FORECAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Patience, little heart
Last Line: In after years, in memory, to you.
Variant Title(s): Epilogue
Subject(s): Breasts; Desire


FORGET       
First Line: To be able to forget is to be able to yield
Last Line: For when we know in full, we have left off knowing


FORSAKEN AND FORLORN       
First Line: The house is silent, it is late at night, I am alone
Last Line: Ends this darkness that annihilates me


FORTE DEI MARMI       
First Line: The evening sulks along the shore, the reddening sun
Last Line: Into rubber-like deadness, dunlop inflated unconcern


FOUR       
First Line: To our senses, the elements are four
Last Line: Or rather, they have us with them


FREE WILL       
First Line: The human will is free, ultimately, to choose one of two things
Last Line: Tread of every passer-by


FRESH WATER       
First Line: They say it is very difficults2950 page 495
Last Line: Old truth, old teaching of any sort


FROHNLEICHNAM       
First Line: You have come your way, I have come my way
Last Line: Is heaven of our own, sheer with repudiation


FROM A COLLEGE WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: The glimmer of the limes, sun-heavy, sleeping
Last Line: Beyond a world I never want to join.


FROST FLOWERS       
First Line: It is not long since, here among all these folk
Last Line: For what kind of ice-rotten, hot-aching heart must they need%to root in


FRUITS       
First Line: For fruits are all of them female, in them lies the seed
Last Line: Without a servant's help, so he be not stricken in years


FULL LIFE       
First Line: A man can't fully live unless he dies and ceases to care
Last Line: Ceases to care


FURNITURE       
First Line: Some women live for the idiotic furniture of their houses
Last Line: Usually in 'suites'


FUTURE RELATIONSHIPS       
First Line: The world is moving, moving still, towards further democracy
Last Line: But a democracy of men, a democracy of touch


FUTURE RELIGION       
First Line: The future of religion lies in the mystery of touch
Last Line: Then the resurrection into touch


FUTURE STATES       
First Line: Once men touch one another, then the modern industrial
Last Line: And all the differences given expression


FUTURE WAR       
First Line: After our industrial civilisation has broken, and the civilisation
Last Line: Oneness makes war, and the obsession of oneness


GAZELLE CALF       
First Line: The gazelle calf, o my children
Last Line: Requiring no shoes, o my children!
Subject(s): Gazelles


GENTLEMAN       
First Line: When is a man not a man
Last Line: It seems to come out of some hollow rind of a man


GHOSTS       
First Line: And as the dog with its nostrils tracking out the fragments
Last Line: Never make up for some mistakes


GIORNO DEI MORTI       
First Line: Along the avenue of cypresses
Last Line: The candle-flames beside the surplices
Variant Title(s): Service Of All The Dea


GIPSY    Poem Text    
First Line: I, the man with the red scarf
Last Line: Thou shalt shut doors on me.
Subject(s): Gypsies; Gipsies


GIVE ME A SPONGE       
First Line: Give me a sponge and some clear, clean water
Last Line: Them now from all this touch of tainted death
Subject(s): Sponges


GIVE US GODS       
First Line: Give us gods, oh give them us
Last Line: The geese that saved rome, and will lose london


GIVE US THE THEBAID       
First Line: Modern society is a mill
Last Line: Till they grow hot, and burst, as even stone can explode


GLADNESS OF DEATH       
First Line: Oh death
Last Line: The winds of the afterwards kiss us into blossom of manhood


GLIMPSES       
First Line: What's the good of a man
Last Line: Unless she's a glimpse of a goddess of some sort


GLOIRE DE DIJON    Poem Text    
First Line: When she rises in the morning
Last Line: Mellow as the glory roses.
Subject(s): Baths & Bathing; Love - Erotic; Love; Showers & Showering


GLORY       
First Line: Glory is of the sun, too, and the sun of suns
Last Line: Yet all of these drink blood


GOD       
First Line: Where sanity is
Last Line: So they can still recognise god


GOD AND THE HOLY GHOST       
First Line: There is no sinning against tod, what does god care about sin
Last Line: Nonentity is our portion


GOD IS BORN       
First Line: The history of the cosmos
Last Line: There is no end to the birth of god


GODS       
First Line: There will always be a father of all things, in some shape, in our
Last Line: The next day is the day of the goose, the wild swan's day


GODS! THE GODS!       
First Line: People were bathing and posturing themselves on the beach
Last Line: And like water-lilies


GOETHE AND POSE       
First Line: When goethe becomes an apollo, he becomes a plaster cast
Last Line: Made of cement poured into a mould, around iron sticks


GOING BACK       
First Line: The night turns slowly round
Last Line: No has-been, no hereafter; only the perfected %presence of men


GOOD HUSBANDS MAKE UNHAPPY WIVES       
Last Line: Than the unhappiness of a wife with a bad husband


GRAPES       
First Line: So many fruits come from roses
Last Line: Down the tendrilled avenues of wine and the otherworld


GRASSHOPPER IS A BURDEN       
First Line: Desire has failed, desire has failed
Last Line: And stripped it bare


GREAT NEWSPAPER EDITOR TO HIS SUBORDINATE       
First Line: Mr. Smith, mr smith
Last Line: Is summed up in a nice, narrow-gutted old maid


GREEKS ARE COMING       
First Line: Little islands out at sea, on the horizon
Last Line: Like a bad smell


GREEN       
First Line: The dawn was apple-green
Last Line: For the first time, now for the first time seen one


GREY EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: When you went, how was it you carried with you
Last Line: Nay, take this weary book of hours away.


GRIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: The darkness steals the forms of all the queens
Last Line: Another torn red sunset come to pass.
Variant Title(s): Firelight And Nightfall
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


GROSS, COARSE, HIDEOUS       
First Line: Lately I saw a sight most quaint
Last Line: The nudity of a lawrence nude


GRUDGE OF THE OLD       
First Line: The old ones want to be young, and they aren't young
Last Line: And so it goes on


GUARDS       
First Line: A review in hyde park, 1910: the crowd watches
Last Line: Fire horizontal declining and ebbing, the twilit ebb of retreat


GULF       
First Line: Now again and now for ever breaks the great illusion
Last Line: In their faces, and motion never mechanical in their limbs


HALF-BLIND       
First Line: The bourgeois and the bolshevist are both quite blind
Last Line: Give way all the time before the mechanical rushing of the ugly stone-blind ones


HANDS OF GOD       
First Line: It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living god
Last Line: Let me never know myself apart from the living god!
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


HARD-BOILED CONSERVATIVES       
First Line: O you hard-boiled conservatives, and you soft-boiled liberals
Last Line: Don't you see how you make bolshevism inevitable


HARK IN THE DUSK       
Last Line: And the flood strikes the belly, and we are gone


HAVE DONE WITH IT       
First Line: Once and for all, have done with it
Last Line: I don't care myself a whale


HE-GOAT       
First Line: See his black nose snubbed back, pressed over like a whale's
Last Line: But bah, how can he, poor domesticated beast


HEALING       
First Line: I am not a mechanism, an assembly of various sections
Last Line: Which mankind at large has chosen to sanctify
Subject(s): Men


HEART OF MAN       
First Line: There is the other universe, of the heart of man
Last Line: Flow the heart's rivers of fulness, desire and distress


HENRIETTE       
First Line: O henriette %I remember yet
Last Line: Tonight, and refrain %from being mary


HIBISCUS AND SALVIA FLOWERS       
First Line: Hark! Hark! %the dogs do bark
Last Line: That they take hibiscus and the salvia flower


HILLS       
First Line: I lift up mine eyes unto the hills
Last Line: And ceasing to see %strength comes
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


HIM WITH HIS TAIL IN HIS MOUTH       
First Line: When the cuckoo, the cow, and the coffee-plant chipped
Last Line: Fourth dimension, not in yards and miles, like the eternal serpent


HISTORY       
First Line: The listless beauty of the hour
Last Line: Till at length they mate
Subject(s): Men


HOLD BACK       
First Line: Oh men, living men, vivid men, ocean and fire
Last Line: From the grinning and insatiable robots


HOSTILE SUN       
First Line: Sometimes the sun turns hostile to men
Last Line: Sweeping the curve of space and mowing the silence %we have peace


HOUSELESS DEAD       
First Line: Oh pity the dead that are dead, but cannot take
Last Line: Of non-existence to far oblivion


HOW BEASTLY THE BOURGEOIS IS    Poem Text    


HOW BEASTLY THE BOURGEOIS IS       
Last Line: Like sickening toadstools, and left to melt back, swiftly %into the soil of england
Subject(s): Bourgeoisie; Hate; Men


HUMAN FACE       
First Line: Hardly ever, now, has a human face
Last Line: With eyes like the interiors of stuffy rooms, furnished


HUMANITY NEEDS PRUNING       
Last Line: Or the whole tree may fall rotten


HUMILIATION       
First Line: I have been so innerly proud, and so long alone
Last Line: Do not leave me


HUMILITY       
First Line: Nowadays, to talk of humility is a sin against the holy ghost
Last Line: Of our own consciousness


HUMILITY MONGERS       
First Line: When I hear a man spouting about humility, today
Last Line: Or a hyaena, eating corpses


HUMMINGBIRD    Poem Text    
First Line: I can imagine, in some otherworld
Variant Title(s): Humming-bird
Subject(s): Birds; Hummingbirds; Time


HUMMINGBIRD       
First Line: I can imagine, in some otherworld
Last Line: We look at him through the wrong end of the long telescope of time, %luckily for us
Variant Title(s): Humming-bir
Subject(s): Birds; Hummingbirds; Time


HYDE PARK AT NIGHT, BEFORE THE WAR: CLERKS    Poem Text    
First Line: We have shut the doors behind us, and the velvet flowers of night
Last Line: On our stream.
Subject(s): Hyde Park, London


HYMN TO NOTHINGNESS       
First Line: The angels have somewhere fought and lost
Last Line: Hail and be damned to thee, winning the game


HYMN TO PRIAPUS    Poem Text    
First Line: My love lies underground
Last Line: As we have to be.
Subject(s): Passion; Priapus


I AM IN A NOVEL       
First Line: I read a novel by a friend of mine
Last Line: Such a funny pup in me
Subject(s): Books


I AM LIKE A ROSE       
First Line: I am myself at last; now I achieve
Last Line: In stark-clear roses, than I to myself am brought


I DARE DO ALL       
First Line: I dare do all that may become a man.'
Last Line: That I may know what is unbecoming to me


I HEARD HER SAY       
First Line: I heard her say to her brilliant young husband
Last Line: Seven is still a safe-ish age


I WISH I KNEW A WOMAN       
Last Line: Without having to take a chill, talking to her


IF YOU ARE A MAN       
First Line: If you are a man, and believe in the destiny of mankind
Last Line: A man, as never yet a man was knowable, yet still shall be


IGNOBLE PROCESSION       
First Line: When I see the ignoble procession
Last Line: Their haste %is so %humiliating


IMAGE-MAKING LOVE       
First Line: And now %the best of all
Last Line: From the gibe of image-making love


IMMORAL MAN       
First Line: Man is immoral because he has got a mind
Last Line: And ruins our complex harmony


IMMORALITY       
First Line: The real immorality, as far as I can see it
Last Line: Against all your deeper instincts and your intuition


IMMORALITY       
First Line: It is only immoral
Last Line: And busy putting out the sun %in other people


IMPULSE       
First Line: You can count on anything, but you can't count on
Last Line: And even the lovliest flowers, you must graft them on a %newstock


IN A BOAT    Poem Text    
First Line: See the stars, love,
Last Line: And swoon, love, swoon?


IN A SPANISH TRAM-CAR       
First Line: She fanned herself with a violet fan
Last Line: Sin doesn't interest me


IN CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: In the choir the boys are singing the hymn
Last Line: Of our sabbath, suffusing our sacred day.
Subject(s): Churches; Cathedrals


IN THE CITIES       
Last Line: Heavily, stepping weary on our hearts


IN THE DARK       
First Line: A blotch of pallor stirs beneath the high
Last Line: Save you, and me, and sleep; all the rest will keep


IN TROUBLE AND SHAME    Poem Text    
First Line: I look at the swaling sunset
Last Line: I would laugh with joy.


INITIATION DEGREES       
First Line: No man, unless he has died, and learned to be alone
Last Line: Will ever come into touch


INNOCENT ENGLAND       
First Line: Oh what a pity, oh! Don't you agree
Last Line: So my pictures are in prison, instead of in the zoo
Subject(s): England


INTIMATES       
First Line: Don't you care for my love? She said bitterly
Last Line: And that held her spellbound for two seconds %while I fled


INVOCATION TO THE MOON       
First Line: You beauty, o you beauty
Last Line: And watched for your glistening feet down the garden path


IT'S EITHER YOU FIGHT OR YOU DIE       
Last Line: You've got no option


IT'S NO GOOD       
First Line: It's no good, the women are in eruption
Last Line: But the women are my favourite vessels of wrath


JEALOUSY       
First Line: The jealousy of an ego-bound woman
Last Line: The ego revealed in all its monstrous inhumanity


JEUNE FILLE       
First Line: Oh the innocent girl
Last Line: And just fills you with hell


KANGAROO    Poem Text    
First Line: In the northern hemisphere
Subject(s): Kangaroos; Travel; Journeys; Trips


KANGAROO       
First Line: In the northern hemisphere
Last Line: Leap then, and come down on the line that draws to the earth's %deep, heavy centre
Subject(s): Kangaroos; Travel


KEEP IT UP       
First Line: People go on singing when they have no song in them
Last Line: Never having seen a mulberry bush in our lives


KILL MONEY       
First Line: Kill money, put money out of existence
Last Line: Free like a bird


KISSES IN THE TRAIN       
First Line: I saw the midlands
Last Line: Like a magnet's keeper %closing the round


KISSING AND HORRID STRIFE       
First Line: I have been defeated and dragged down by pain
Last Line: Nor yet the striving and the horrid strife


KNOW DEEPLY, KNOW THYSELF MORE DEEPLY, SELS.       
First Line: Go deeper than love, for the soul has greater depths
Last Line: She is a made-up lie, a dyed immortelle %of infinite staleness
Subject(s): Love - Marital


KNOW THYSELF       
First Line: The great command will never be obsolete
Last Line: For the analyst is tangled in an especially tangled bunch, inside himself


KNOW THYSELF, AND THAT THOU ART MORTAL       
First Line: If you want to know yourself
Last Line: Over their mutilated cyclopean eye


KNOW-ALL       
First Line: Man knows nothing
Last Line: Even from myself, and am consummated


LA MANIERE DE D. H. LAWRENCE       
First Line: They have green tram in florence now
Last Line: Oh dear! What's happening to tuscans


LABOUR BATTALION       
First Line: The town grows fiercer with heat
Last Line: To disown the night


LADY WIFE       
First Line: Ah yes, I know you well, a sojourner
Last Line: Of your last solution


LAST HOURS       
First Line: The cool of an oak's unchequered shade
Last Line: Dragging the links of my shortening chain %southwards, alas!


LAST LESSON OF THE AFTERNOON       
First Line: When will the bell ring, and end this weariness?
Last Line: Of each other? I shall sit and wait for the bell


LAST WORDS TO MIRIAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Yours is the sullen [or, shame and] sorrow
Last Line: You through the flame.


LATE AT NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Rigid sleeps the house in darkness, I alone
Last Line: Black and phantasmal?
Variant Title(s): Phantasmagoria


LATE WAR       
First Line: The war was not strife
Last Line: Each side trying to murder the other side evilly


LATENT DESIRE       
First Line: The latent desire in all decent men today
Last Line: Devil take the hindmost


LATTER-DAY SINNERS       
First Line: The worst of the younger generation, these latter-day
Last Line: You mustn't expect it also to wait for your convenience


LAUGHTER       
First Line: Listen to people laughing
Last Line: And you will hear what liars they are %or cowards


LEAVE SEX ALONE       
First Line: Leave sex alone, leave sex alone, let it die right away
Last Line: And then perhaps we shall know true sex, in ourselves


LEAVES OF GRASS, FLOWERS OF GRASS       
First Line: Leaves of grass, what about leaves of grass
Last Line: Leaves of grass, what are leaves of grass, when at its best grass blossoms


LEDA       
First Line: Come not with kisses
Last Line: Into the marsh-soft belly


LET THE DEAD BURY THEIR DEAD       
First Line: Let the dead go bury their dead
Last Line: Don't sympathise, or you taint the unborn babies


LET THERE BE LIGHT       
First Line: If ever there was a beginning
Last Line: And becoming light
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


LET US BE MEN       
First Line: For god's sake, let us be men
Last Line: Monkeys with a bland grin on our faces
Variant Title(s): Letter To Charles Wilso


LET US TALK, LET US LAUGH       
First Line: Let us talk, let us laugh, let us tell
Last Line: And the ruin of any decent relation %between us


LETTER FROM TOWN: ON A GREY MORNING IN MARCH    Poem Text    
First Line: The clouds are pushing in grey reluctance slowly northward to you
Last Line: To hear on its mocking triumphance unwitting the after-echo of fear.


LETTER FROM TOWN: THE ALMOND TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: You promised to send me some violets. Did you forget?
Last Line: You with loose hands of abandonment hanging down.


LETTER TO LADY CYNTHIA ASQUITH       
First Line: Now like a crocus in the autumn time
Last Line: The leaves are smouldering in a funeral wind


LIAISON    Poem Text    
First Line: A big bud of moon hangs out of the twilight
Last Line: The core of delight.


LIBERTY'S OLD OLD STORY       
First Line: Men fight for liberty, and win it with hard knocks
Last Line: And their grandchildren are once more slaves


LIES       
First Line: Lies are not a question of false fact
Last Line: But of false feeling and perverted justice


LIES ABOUT LOVE       
First Line: We are all liars, because
Last Line: Instead of a flower that dies, and opens a different bud


LIFE AND THE HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS       
First Line: I love life, I love life so dearly, I could almost die
Last Line: And repeat themselves like the flushing of a w.C


LIGHTNING    Poem Text    
First Line: I felt the lurch and halt of her heart
Last Line: Home, come home, the lightning has made it too plain!
Subject(s): Lightning; Love; Lightning Rods


LILIES IN THE FIRE       
First Line: Ah, you stack of white lilies, all white and gold
Last Line: Upon the floor, that erst stood up so fresh


LISTEN TO THE BAND       
First Line: There is a band playing in the early night
Last Line: Gnawing in a wooden trap, trapped in


LISTENING    Poem Text    
First Line: I listen to the stillness of you
Last Line: The stars are buoys.


LITTLE FISH    Poem Text    
First Line: The tiny fish enjoy themselves
Subject(s): Animals; Fish & Fishing; Anglers


LITTLE FISH       
First Line: The tiny fish enjoy themselves
Last Line: Their little lives are fun to them %in the sea
Subject(s): Animals; Fishing And Fishermen


LITTLE TOWN AT EVENING       
First Line: The chime of the bells, and the church clock striking eight
Last Line: Me so distinctly from sleeping the sleep I'd love best


LITTLE WOWSER       
First Line: There is a little wowser
Last Line: I've chucked him, I've repented


LITTLE-BOY BRILLIANT       
First Line: Another type that england has produced
Last Line: And wonders if a parrot hasn't more to it


LIVING       
First Line: A man should never earn his living
Last Line: And we, we get it all from them for nothing


LIZARD       
First Line: A lizard ran out on a rock and looked up, listening
Last Line: If men were as much men as lizards are lizards %they'd be worth looking at
Subject(s): Lizards


LOGGERHEADS       
First Line: Please yourself how you have it
Last Line: Let us make for the weeping willow %I don't care


LONDON MERCURY       
First Line: Oh when mercury came to london
Last Line: Because, you see, he is 'neither, my dear'


LONELINESS       
First Line: I never know what people mean when they complain of
Last Line: With the centre of all things


LONELY, LONESOME, LONEY -- O!       
First Line: When I hear somebody complain of being lonely
Last Line: At the stillness of the air


LORD TENNYSON AND LORD MELCHETT       
First Line: Dost tha hear my horse's feet, as he canters qway?
Last Line: I lick the cream off property! That's what it seems to say


LORD'S PRAYER       
First Line: For thine is the kingdom
Last Line: My kingdom, my power, and my glory


LOTUS AND FROST       
First Line: How many times, like lotus lilies risen
Last Line: Kind on the weight of suffering smiles again


LOVE       
First Line: One thing is certain, we've got to take hands off love
Last Line: Amounting almost to love


LOVE AS AN ESCAPE       
First Line: It is time men took their thoughts off women
Last Line: Then they'd be able to love. Despair can't love, it can only violate


LOVE ON THE FARM    Poem Text    
First Line: What large, dark hands are those at the window
Last Line: Against him, die, and find death good.
Variant Title(s): Cruelty And Love


LOVE STORM    Poem Text    
First Line: Many roses in the wind
Last Line: Down the bright-grey ruin of things!


LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR       
First Line: I love my neighbor %but
Last Line: All I can say then is nay! Nay! Nay! Nay! Nay!
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


LUCIFER       
First Line: Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell
Last Line: With his own annunciation, towards us


LUCKY LITTLE BRITISHER       
First Line: Oh you'd think the british public
Last Line: To see the way they treat it


LUI ET ELLE       
First Line: She is large and matronly
Last Line: While she pulls herself free, and rows her dull mound along


MAGNIFICENT DEMOCRACY       
First Line: Oh, when the grass flowers, the grass
Last Line: A blooming aristocrat all round


MALADE    Poem Text    
First Line: The sick grapes on the chair by the bed lie prone
Last Line: Ah, but I am ill, and it is still raining, coldly raining!
Subject(s): Sickness; Illness


MAN       
First Line: All I care about in a man
Last Line: A money-slave


MAN AND BAT       
First Line: When I went into my room, at mid-morning
Last Line: But I am greater that he - %I escaped him
Subject(s): Animals; Bats


MAN AND MACHINE       
First Line: Man invented the machine
Last Line: So now the machine has invented man


MAN IN THE STREET       
First Line: I met him in the street
Last Line: And they ran me in, to teach me why


MAN IS MORE THAN HOMO SAPIENS       
First Line: Man is not quite a man
Last Line: With the dark and gleaming beauty of the messageless gods


MAN OF TYRE       
First Line: The man of tyre went down to the sea
Last Line: Godly and lovely comes aphrodite out of the sea %towards me


MAN REACHES A POINT       
First Line: I cannot help but be alone
Last Line: Other flesh to my own


MAN'S IMAGE       
First Line: What a pity, when a man looks at himself in a glass
Last Line: And so interesting


MANA OF THE SEA       
First Line: Do you see the ea, breaking itself to bits against the islands
Last Line: I am the sea, I am the sea


MANIFESTO       
First Line: A woman has given me strength and affluence
Last Line: We, the mystic now


MANY MANSIONS       
First Line: When a bird flips his tail in getting his balance on a tree
Last Line: Why can't people be gay like that


MARTYR A LA MODE       
First Line: Ah god, life, law, so many names you keep
Last Line: Of sudden anguish, sudden over and spent


MASSES AND CLASSES       
First Line: There are masses, and there are classes
Last Line: The hands of life


MAYBE       
First Line: Ah well! Ah well! Maybe
Last Line: Is played at their expense


MEDITERRANEAN IN JANUARY       
First Line: The blue anemone with a dark core
Last Line: Persuades me to stay, since stay I may


MEDLARS AND SORB-APPLES       
First Line: I love you, rotten
Last Line: Intoxication of final loneliness


MEETING AMONG THE MOUNTAINS       
First Line: The little pansies by the road have turned
Last Line: And know the dead christ weighing on my bone


MEN AND WOMEN       
First Line: All this talk about equality between the sexes is merely
Last Line: And to leave one another alone


MEN ARE NOT BAD       
First Line: Men are not bad, when they are free
Last Line: And men would work gaily


MEN IN NEW MEXICO       
First Line: Mountains blanket-wrapped
Last Line: They can't get up, they are under the blanket
Subject(s): Sleep


MEN LIKE GODS       
First Line: When men think they are like gods
Last Line: Being conceited fools


MEN LIKE GODS       
First Line: Men wanted to be like gods
Last Line: And now even they're not satisfied


MESS OF LOVE       
First Line: We've made a great mess of love
Last Line: Perverted, ego-perverted love


MICHAEL ANGELO       
First Line: Who shook thy roundness in his finger's cup
Last Line: Then leaves thee, and thou canst not but complain


MIDDLE CLASSES       
Last Line: Than paper money when the bank is broke


MIDDLE OF THE WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: This sea will never die, neither will it ever grow old
Subject(s): Mediterranean Sea


MIDDLE OF THE WORLD       
First Line: This sea will never die, neither will it ever grow old
Last Line: And dionysos, young, and a stranger %leans listening on the gate, in all respect
Subject(s): Mediterranean Sea


MIDDLE-CLASS CHILDREN       
First Line: Another curious thing about the english middle classes
Last Line: They may even, one day, discover simple affection as a great discovery


MILLS OF GOD       
First Line: Why seek to alter people, why not leave them alone
Last Line: Rolls round and round, grinding exceeding small


MINORITIES IN DANGER       
First Line: Now above all is the time for the minorities of men
Last Line: And pander to them


MISERY       
First Line: Out of this oubliette between the mountains
Last Line: What are so many straight trees to me


MODERN PRAYER       
First Line: Almighty mammon, make me rich
Last Line: Who hinder me, mammon, great son of a bitch


MODERN PROBLEMS       
First Line: The worst of it is
Last Line: Specimens to be anatomised


MONEY       
First Line: Money is the vast stinking beast
Last Line: And feed on it


MONEY-MADNESS       
First Line: Money is our madness, our vast collective madness
Last Line: It's one thing or the other


MONOLOGUE OF A MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the last of all, this is the last
Last Line: And my heart rebels with anguish as night draws nigher.
Subject(s): Mothers


MOON MEMORY       
First Line: When the moon falls on a man's blood
Last Line: That has left scum on the sea, even in the night


MOONRISE       
First Line: And who has seen the moon, who has not seen
Last Line: Sooner than our full consummation here %in this odd life will tarnish or pass away
Subject(s): Consolation; Moon


MORAL CLOTHING       
First Line: When I am clothed I am a moral man
Last Line: Let there be no accommodation at this issue


MORALITY       
First Line: Man alone is immoral
Last Line: Then turned away and forgot


MORNING WORK       
First Line: A gang of labourers on the piled wet timber
Last Line: And laughing with labour, living their work like a game


MOSQUITO       
First Line: When did you start your tricks
Last Line: Queer, what a dim dark smudge you have disappeared into!
Subject(s): Mosquitoes


MOSQUITO KNOWS       
First Line: The mosquito knows full well, small as he is
Last Line: He doesn't put my blood in the bank
Subject(s): Mosquitoes


MOUNTAIN LION    Poem Text    
First Line: Climbing through the january snow, into the lobo canyon
Subject(s): Animals; Lions; Travel; Journeys; Trips


MOUNTAIN LION       
First Line: Climbing through the january snow, into the lobo canyon
Last Line: Of that slim yellow mountain lion
Subject(s): Animals; Lions; Travel


MOURNFUL YOUNG MAN       
First Line: Mournful young man in your twenties
Last Line: Or except you change


MULTITUDES       
First Line: The multitudes are like droppings of birds, like dung of sea-fowl
Last Line: To fertilise the roots of unknown men who are still to come %in fresh fields


MURDER       
First Line: Killing is not evil
Last Line: Without cognisance or communion


MURDEROUS WEAPONS       
First Line: So guns and strong explosives
Last Line: Refinements of evil


MUTILATION       
First Line: A tick mist-sheet lies over the broken wheat
Last Line: Oh gods of the living darkness, powers of night


MY ENEMY       
First Line: If it is a question of him or me
Last Line: He is no longer my concern, he ceases to be %my enemy


MY LITTLE CRITICS       
First Line: My little critics must all have been brought up by their aunties
Last Line: My little critics, dear, safe little pets


MY NAUGHTY BOOK       
First Line: They say I wrote a naughty book
Last Line: So do forgive me! I sprinkle my hair %with grey, repentant ash


MYSTERY    Poem Text    
First Line: Now I am all
Last Line: The mystery.


MYSTIC       
First Line: They call all experience of the senses mystic, when the experience
Last Line: Hogging it down like a pig I call the feeding of corpses


NAME THE GODS       
First Line: I refuse to name the gods, because they have no name
Last Line: The pale-gold flesh of priapus dropping asleep


NARCISSUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the minnows trace
Last Line: Your human self immortal; take the watery track.


NATURAL COMPLEXION       
First Line: But, you see, said the handsome young man with the
Last Line: I swear I'll pull off my knickers, right in the rue de la paix


NEMESIS       
First Line: The nemesis that awaits our civilisation
Last Line: Will be bright red with blood


NEW BROOMS       
First Line: New brooms sweep clean
Last Line: That they choke the sweeper


NEW HEAVEN AND EARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: And so I cross into another world
Last Line: And kindles it further at the core of utter mystery.


NEW HOUSES, NEW CLOTHES       
First Line: New houses, new furniture, new streets, new clothes
Last Line: The more we have


NEW MOON       
First Line: The new moon, of no importance
Last Line: Brings a fresh fragrance of heaven to our senses


NEW WORD       
First Line: Shall I tell you again the new word
Last Line: Which is god in the atom


NEW YEAR'S EVE       
First Line: There are only two things now
Last Line: From your feet to your lips


NEW YEAR'S NIGHT       
First Line: Now you are mine, to-night at last I say it
Last Line: I have won my renown
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


NEXT MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: How have I wandered here to this vaulted room
Last Line: What is there gone against me, why am I in hell?


NIGHT       
First Line: Now that the night is here
Last Line: In shut-eyed touch


NO JOY IN LIFE       
First Line: Never, my young men
Last Line: Then you will settle the hash of business finally


NO NEWS       
First Line: Ah heaven, send
Last Line: Even no pain of heart %to afford her


NO! MR LAWRENCE!       
First Line: No, mr. Lawrence, it's not like that
Last Line: It's really rather dull


NOBLE       
First Line: I know I am noble with the nobility of the sun
Last Line: I would say the same if I were a chaffinch or tree


NOBLE ENGLISHMAN       
First Line: I know a noble englishman
Last Line: No don't talk to me about the love of englishmen


NOISE OF BATTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: And all hours long, the town
Last Line: Roll hollow in the interim.
Variant Title(s): Apprehension
Subject(s): War


NOLI ME TANGERE       
First Line: Noli me tangere, touch me not
Last Line: Untouched. %noli me tangere


NON-EXISTENCE       
First Line: We don't exist unless we are deeply and sensually in touch
Last Line: With that which can be touched but not known


NONENTITY       
First Line: The stars that open and shut
Last Line: I am weary of myself


NOSTALGIA       
First Line: The waning moon looks upward; this grey night
Last Line: I wish with my breast I here could annihilate it all


NOSTALGIA       
First Line: The place is palpable me, for here I was born


NOTHING TO SAVE       
First Line: There is nothing to save, now all is lost
Last Line: Like the eye of a violet


NOTTINGHAM'S NEW UNIVERSITY       
First Line: In nottingham, that dismal town
Last Line: Is a last offshoot of boots


NOVEMBER BY THE SEA       
First Line: Now in november nearer comes the sun
Last Line: My sun, and the great gold sun


NOW IT'S HAPPENED       
First Line: One cannot now help thinking
Last Line: Like machines -- and you can't wonder much
Subject(s): Tolstoy, Leo (1828-1910)


NULLUS       
First Line: I know I am nothing
Last Line: Pause, brethren, pause


O! AMERICANS       
First Line: Americans! %the word stands for something
Last Line: America, that is in you


O! START A REVOLUTION!       
First Line: O! Start a revolution, somebody!
Last Line: But to abolish the working classes for ever %and leave a world of men


OBSCENITY       
First Line: The body of itself is clean, but the caged mind
Last Line: Of maquillage and pose and malice to shame the brutes


OBSEQUIAL ODE       
First Line: Surely you've trodden straight
Last Line: In your pitiless legions


OH WONDERFUL MALCHINE       
First Line: Oh wonderful machine, so self-sufficient, so sufficient unto
Last Line: And you can't possibly do with out them


OLD ARCHANGELS       
First Line: And so the official archangels
Last Line: The morning star


OLD IDEA OF SACRIFICE       
Last Line: Of bigger lives, with due reverence and acknowledgement


OLD MEN       
First Line: Whom the gods love, die young
Last Line: Which turns on and on, the same, and is hell on earth


OLD ORCHARD       
First Line: Mow shut your eyes
Last Line: For the rest, don't bother


OLD PEOPLE       
First Line: Nowadays everybody wants to be young
Last Line: And if it's my fault that the old girl is seventy-seven


OLD SONG       
First Line: The day is ending, the night descending
Last Line: To other things that are left unsaid


ON THAT DAY       


ON THE BALCONY       
First Line: In front of the sombre mountains, a faint, lost ribbon
Last Line: And disappear -- what have we but each other %the boat has gone
Subject(s): Love


ON THE BEST MATTERS       
First Line: Only the best matters, in man especially
Last Line: In so far as it goes to the bringing forth of the best


ON THE DRUM       
First Line: The huge old female on the drum
Last Line: And smiles; the vastness of her elephant antiquity %is amused


ON THE MARCH       
First Line: We are out on the open road
Last Line: Of this land whereon the wrong road goes


ONE WOMAN TO ALL WOMEN       
First Line: I don't care whether I am beautiful to you
Last Line: Encompassed, and many reduced to none %you other women


ONLY MAN       
First Line: Only man can fall from god
Last Line: Knowing itself, knowing itself apart from god, falling


OPTIMIST       
First Line: The optimist builds himself safe inside a cell
Last Line: And says he's in heaven


OUR DAY IS OVER       
First Line: Our day is over, night comes up
Last Line: Night comes up


OUR MORAL AGE       
First Line: Of course, if you make naughtiness nasty
Last Line: What would be the use --?


OXFORD VOICE       
First Line: When you hear it languishing
Last Line: You admit we are %superior


PAINTER'S WIFE       
First Line: She was tangled up in her own self-conceit, a woman
Last Line: And he thought so too %nobody else did
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage


PALTRY-LOOKING PEOPLE       
First Line: And think how the nightingale, who is so shy
Last Line: Or sitting stuck like automata in automobiles


PANG OF REMINISCENCE       
First Line: High and smaller goes the moon, she is small and very far from me
Last Line: A tear which I had hoped that even hell held not again in store


PARADISE RE-ENTERED       
First Line: Through the strait gate of passion
Last Line: On our primal loam
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


PARLIAMENT HILL IN THE EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: The houses fade in a melt of mist
Last Line: Their ghastly glow.


PASSING VISIT TO HELEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Returning, I find her just the same
Last Line: Break in by making any reply!
Variant Title(s): Intime


PATIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The wind comes from the north
Last Line: To the lode of her agony.
Variant Title(s): Suspicion
Subject(s): Patience


PAX       
First Line: All that matters is to be at one with the living god
Last Line: In the house of life
Subject(s): Religion


PEACE AND WAR       
First Line: People always make war when they say they love peace
Last Line: Then we shan't have war, and we needn't talk about peace


PEACH       
First Line: Would you like to throw a stone at me
Last Line: Here, you can have my peach stone


PEACOCK       
First Line: Think how a peacock in a forest of high trees
Last Line: And women even cut their shimmery hair!
Subject(s): Birds; Peacocks


PEOPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The great gold apples of light
Last Line: They ever should be.


PEOPLE       
First Line: I like people quite well
Last Line: I can still have the illusion that there is room enough in the world


PEOPLE       
First Line: Ah the people, the people
Last Line: Of the factory world


PEOPLE WHO CARE       
First Line: People who care, who care, who care
Last Line: Probably are nothing at all


PHOENIX       
First Line: Are you willing to be sponged out, erased, cancelled
Last Line: Shows that she is renewing her youth like the eagle, %immortal bird


PIANO    Poem Text    
First Line: Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me
Last Line: Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past.
Subject(s): Children; Memory; Music & Musicians; Musical Instruments; Nostalgia; Pianos; Singing & Singers; Time; Childhood; Songs


PIANO       
First Line: Somewhere beneath that piano's superb sleek black
Last Line: And the devoured of this music's ravaging glamour


PICCADILLY CIRCUS AT NIGHT: STREETWALKERS    Poem Text    
First Line: When into the night the yellow light is roused like dust
Last Line: Sea.
Subject(s): Piccadilly, London; Prostitution; Harlots; Whores; Brothels


PLAYED-OUT GAME       
First Line: Success is a played-out game, success, success
Last Line: Instead of getting on and not being able to get off again


PLUMED SERPENT: 1. THE COMING OF QUETZALCOATL       
First Line: In the place of the west
Last Line: Saying to herself: quetzalcoatl
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 10       
First Line: I am the son of the morning star, and child of the deeps
Last Line: I am lord of the two ways
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 11       
First Line: I am the living quetzalcoatl
Last Line: I am quetzalcoatl, of the two ways
Subject(s): Aztecs; Birds; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 12. WELCOME TO QUETZALCOATL       
First Line: We are not wasted. We are not left out
Last Line: Put star-oil over me %call me a man
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 13. THE MID-DAY VERSE       
First Line: The sun has climbed the hill, the day is on the downward slope
Last Line: And the top of the morning
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 14. THE DAWN VERSE       
First Line: The dark is dividing, the sun is coming past the wall
Last Line: Man in the twilight
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 15. THE SUNSET VERSE       
First Line: Leave off! Leave off! Leave off!
Last Line: You belong to the night
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 16       
First Line: Metal for resistance
Last Line: The heart ceases not
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 17. FIRST SONG OF HUITZILOPOCHTLI       
First Line: I am huitzilopochtli
Last Line: Of fire bent back again
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 18. SECOND SONG OF HUITZILOPOCHTLI       
First Line: He is huitzilopochtli
Last Line: Fire of the passion of men
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 19. THIRD SONG OF HUITZILOPOCHTLI       
First Line: Man that is man is more than a man
Last Line: Maybe they kennel the grey dog
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 2       
First Line: The lord of the morning star
Last Line: That washes the lords of life
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 20. THE SONG OF THE GREY DOG       
First Line: When you sleep and know it not
Last Line: Where dogs creep unclean
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 21       
First Line: The lords of life are the masters of death
Last Line: The lords of life are the masters of death
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 22       
First Line: Huitzilopochtli gives the black blade of death
Last Line: Who pardons once, and no more
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 23. HUITZILOPOCHTLI'S WATCH       
First Line: Red huitzilopochtli
Last Line: Is malintzi's blade of grass
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 24. SONG OF THE DEAD       
First Line: The dead are on their journey, the way is dark
Last Line: Within the noiseless
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 25       
First Line: Like the green candles of malintzi
Last Line: In the morning star
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 26       
First Line: My way is not thy way, and thine is not mine
Last Line: For all we are worth
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 3       
First Line: Someone will enter between the gates
Last Line: Shall you? Shall I?
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 4       
First Line: My name is jesus, I am mary's son
Last Line: Let me come home
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 5. QUETZALCOATL LOOKS DOWN ON MEXICO       
First Line: Jesus had gone far up the dark slope, when he looked back
Last Line: Or else prepare for the other things
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 6. WHAT QUETZALCOATL SAW IN MEXICO       
First Line: Who are these strange faces in mexico
Last Line: Wait! Only wait! Little by little it all shall come upon you
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 7. SONG TO THE TUNE OF LA CUCARACHA       
First Line: Don ramon don't drink, don't smoke
Last Line: That he's stolen from the mother of god
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 8. JESUS' FAREWELL       
First Line: Farewell, farewell, despedida
Last Line: Say adios! My children
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


PLUMED SERPENT: 9       
First Line: What is god, we shall never know
Last Line: Peeping, they will lose their sight, and lingering, they will fall very lame
Subject(s): Aztecs; Mexico


POCKET       
First Line: You love me so much, you want to put me in your pocket
Subject(s): Language


POISON       
First Line: What has killed mankind -- for the bulk of mankind is dead
Last Line: The nasty lying pretence of seeming to feel what we don't feel


POLICE SPIES       
First Line: Start a system of official spying
Last Line: And you've introduced anarchy into your country


POMEGRANATE       
First Line: You tell me I am wrong
Last Line: It is so lovely, dawn-kaleidoscopic within the crack


POOR BIT OF A WENCH       
First Line: Will no one say hush! To thee
Last Line: And would you peck out his eyes if he did


POOR YOUNG THINGS       
First Line: The young today are born prisoners
Last Line: And prisoners' flat, ineffectual pastime


PORTRAITS       
First Line: Portraits are now supremely uninteresting
Last Line: As all drawing-rooms are, arranged


POVERTY       
First Line: The only people I ever heard talk about my lady poverty
Last Line: And plume forth, and be splendid


PRAYER       
First Line: Give me the moon at my feet
Last Line: His face is like the red lion


PRESTIGE       
First Line: I never met a single
Last Line: My god, let me get away


PRIMAL PASSIONS       
First Line: If you will go down into yourself, under your surface
Last Line: In the sheer coition of the life-flow, stark and unlying


PROPER PRIDE       
First Line: Everything that lives has its own proper pride
Last Line: They are humble, with creeping humility, being parasites or carrion creatures


PROPERTY AND NO-PROPERTY       
First Line: The bourgeois asserts that he owns his property by divine right
Last Line: We shall all be cut to bits


PROPERTY QUESTION       
First Line: In settling the property question between them
Last Line: Than there was in the lions


PROPHET    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah, my darling, when over the purple horizon shall loom
Last Line: Wounding themselves against her, denying her fecund embraces.


PROTESTANT CHURCHES       
First Line: The protestant churches have had their day
Last Line: And which we have lost


PURPLE ANEMONES       
First Line: Who gave us flowers
Last Line: They are always sold %it is spring


PUSS-PUSS!       
First Line: Oh, auntie, isn't he a beauty! And is he a gentleman or a lady?
Last Line: It saves him from so many undesirable associations
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


QUESTION       
First Line: Was your's a daddy
Last Line: Or a daddy-do-nothing


QUITE FORSAKEN       
First Line: What pain, to wake and miss you
Last Line: For which I wanted the night to retreat


RABBIT SNARED IN THE NIGHT       
First Line: Why do you spurt and sprottle
Last Line: Since already I am implicated with you %in your strange lust


RACE AND BATTLE       
First Line: The race is not to the swift
Last Line: To save the streaked pansy of the heart from being trampled to mud
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


RAINBOW       
First Line: One thing that is bow-legged
Last Line: And make a rainbow


RAINBOW       
First Line: Even the rainbow has a body
Last Line: And still, this is the god hermes, sitting by my hearth


RALLYING-POINT       
First Line: If we rally at all, today, instead of keeping
Last Line: To keep a sane core to life


REACH OVER       
First Line: Reach over, then, reach over
Last Line: Reach out, reach out in this dark


READING A LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: She sits on the recreation ground
Last Line: Hurt at the chalk-coloured tulips, and the evening-green.


REAL DEMOCRACY       
First Line: If the robot can recognise the clean flame of life
Last Line: Of life undimmed delights him, so even he is lit up


REBUKED       
First Line: How big and white the night is
Last Line: Dodging behind in disgrace


RED GERANIUM AND GODLY MIGNONETTE    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagine that any mind ever thought a red geranium!
Subject(s): Flowers; Geraniums; Mignonettes


RED GERANIUM AND GODLY MIGNONETTE       
First Line: Imagine that any mind ever thought a red geranium!
Last Line: Oh, for some other beauty, some other beauty %that blossomed at last, red geranium, and mignonette
Subject(s): Flowers; Geraniums; Mignonettes


RED MOON-RISE       
First Line: The train, in running across the weald, has fallen into a steadier
Last Line: Into the womb, to kindle an unknown fire


RED WOLF       
First Line: Over the heart of the west, the taos desert
Last Line: All right, the red-dawn-wolf I am


RED-HERRING       
First Line: My father was a working man
Last Line: We should start an' kick their --ses for 'em %an' tell 'em to --


REFUSED FRIENDSHIP       
First Line: He said to me: your life will be so much the poorer
Last Line: I like him. What else is there


RELATIVITY       
First Line: I like relativity and quantum theories
Last Line: Always changing its mind
Subject(s): Relativity


RELEASE    Poem Text    
First Line: Helen, had I known yesterday
Last Line: Are the earth I hover over.
Subject(s): Love


REMINDER       
First Line: Do you remember
Last Line: Your head, through being lonely


RENASCENCE       
First Line: We have bit no forbidden apple
Last Line: Moves on to the sea


REPROACH       
First Line: Had I but known yesterday
Last Line: But you %are the earth I hover over
Subject(s): Love


REPTILES       
First Line: Homer was wrong in saying, 'would that strife might pass
Last Line: And is the foundation of the world


REPULSED       
First Line: The last silk-floating thought has gone from the dandelion stem
Last Line: The female whose venom can more than kill, can numb and then nullify


RESTLESSNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: At the open door of the room I stand and look at the night
Last Line: Till at length they induce me to sleep, and to forget.


RESURRECTION       
First Line: Now all the hosts are marching to the grave
Last Line: Unborn and unproduced, yet to be born


RESURRECTION OF THE FLESH       
First Line: Oh then be nameless and be never seen
Last Line: Of just one touch! Even so, do I ask too much


RETORT TO JESUS       
First Line: And whoever forces himself to love anybody
Last Line: Begats a murderer in his own body


RETORT TO WHITMAN       
First Line: And whoever walks a mile full of false sympathy
Last Line: Walks to the funeral of the whole human race
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


RETURN       
First Line: Now I am come again, to you who have so desired
Last Line: But barbed aloofness when I would draw near


RETURN OF RETURNS       
First Line: Come in a week
Last Line: The ancient river week, the old one %come then


REVOLUTIONARY       
First Line: Look at them standing there in authority
Last Line: See if I am not lord of the dark and moving hosts %before I die
Subject(s): Florence, Italy


REVOLUTIONS AS SUCH       
First Line: Curiously enough, actual revolutions are made by robots
Last Line: They can't, life means too much to them


RICHES       
First Line: When I wish I was rich, then I know I am ill
Last Line: I say to myself: hello! I'm not well. My vitality is low


RISE IN THE WORLD       
First Line: I rose up in the world, ooray
Last Line: Up there -- but not any men


RISEN LORD       
First Line: The risen lord, the risen lord
Last Line: Can denial deny them again


ROBOT FEELINGS       
First Line: It is curious, too, that though the modern man in the street
Last Line: They move in a great grind of hate, slowly but inevitable


ROBOT-DEMOCRACY       
First Line: In a robot-democracy, nobody is willing to serve
Last Line: Then the mill-stones burst with the internal heat of their own friction


RONDEAU OF A CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR       
First Line: The hours have tumbled their leaden, monotonous sands
Last Line: Tomorrow will pour them all back, the dull hours I detest


ROOT OF OUR EVIL       
First Line: The root of our present evil is that we buy and sell
Last Line: But on a religion of life


ROSE AND CABBAGE       
First Line: And still I look for the men who will dare to be
Last Line: And rose-briars to strangle the machine


ROSE IS NOT A CABBAGE       
First Line: And still, in spite of all they do, I love the rose of england
Last Line: No matter of what sort the cabbage be
Subject(s): Cabbage; Flowers; Roses


ROSE OF ALL THE WORLD       
First Line: I am here myself; as though this heave of effort
Last Line: For me it is more than enough if the flower unclose


ROSE OF ENGLAND       
First Line: Oh the rose of england is a single rose
Last Line: And needs to be raised from seed


ROSES       
First Line: Nature respnds so beautifully
Last Line: Out of sheer desire to be splendid, and more splendid


ROSES ON THE BREAKFAST TABLE       
First Line: Just a few of the roses we gathered from the isar
Last Line: How lovely is the self this day discloses


RUINATION       
First Line: The sun is bleeding its fires upon the mist
Last Line: Of darkness advancing steadily over us all


SADDEST DAY       
First Line: We climbed the steep ascent to heaven
Last Line: You'd better get down again


SALT       
First Line: Salt is scorched water that the sun has scorched
Last Line: Between the two great ones, fire, and the wet


SALVATION       
First Line: The only salvation is to realise that we know nothing about it
Last Line: The one thing easiest to lose is savings


SANE AND INSANE       
First Line: The puritan is insane
Last Line: Which threaten to tear the world in two, between them


SANE REVOLUTION       
First Line: If you make a revolution, make it for fun
Last Line: Let's have it so! Let's make a revolution for fun


SANE UNIVERSE       
First Line: One might talk of the sanity of the atom
Last Line: The only oneness is the oneness of sanity


SATISFACTION       
First Line: The profound sensual experience of truth: yea, this is
Last Line: Alone satisfies us, in the end


SCENT OF IRISES    Poem Text    
First Line: A faint, sickening scent of irises
Last Line: Forget each other and the bruise of our bodies' clash.]
Subject(s): Iris (flower); Smells; Odors; Aromas; Fragrances


SCHOOL ON THE OUTSKIRTS    Poem Text    
First Line: How different, in the midst of snows, the great school rises red
Last Line: Blind.
Subject(s): Schools; Students


SCIENTIFIC DOCTOR       
First Line: When I went to the scientific doctor
Last Line: So I said: good-morning! And left him


SEA       
First Line: You, you are all unloving, loveless, you
Last Line: Sea, you shadow of all things, now mock us to death with %your shadowing
Subject(s): Sea


SEA-BATHERS       
First Line: Oh the handsome bluey-brown bodies, they might just as well be
Last Line: Where then is life


SEA-WEED    Poem Text    
First Line: Sea-weed sways and sways and swirls
Subject(s): Seaweed


SEA-WEED       
First Line: Sea-weed sways and sways and swirls
Last Line: It slips over it as shadows do, without hurting itself
Subject(s): Seaweed


SEARCH FOR LOVE       
First Line: Those that go searching for love
Last Line: And they never have to seek for it


SEARCH FOR TRUTH       
First Line: Search for nothing any more, nothing
Last Line: How great a liar am I


SECRET WATERS       
First Line: What was lost is found
Last Line: Is death to us all, in the marshes of peace


SEEKERS       
First Line: Oh seekers, when you leave off seeking
Last Line: When you went forth so vigorously in search


SELF-CONSCIOUS PEOPLE       
First Line: O are you tangled up in yourself
Last Line: They will tear you terribly, and give you blood-posoning


SELF-PITY       
First Line: I never saw a wild thing
Last Line: Without ever having felt sorry for itself
Subject(s): Self-pity


SELF-PROTECTION       
First Line: When science starts to be interpretive
Last Line: I expect the dodo looked like a clod, %a drab and dingy bird


SELF-SACRIFICE       
First Line: Self-sacrifice is perhaps the vilest deed a man can do
Last Line: Swifter and higher and brighter, for the yielding and the adding together


SELF-SACRIFICE       
First Line: Self-sacrifice, after all, is a wrong and mistaken idea
Last Line: Sacrifice that to the bright gods, and satisfy the destructive instinct


SENSE OF TRUTH       
First Line: You must fuse mind and wit with all the senses
Last Line: Satisfactory sensual experience


SERVICE       
First Line: Ah yes, men must learn to serve
Last Line: When he looks beyond humanity


SEVEN SEALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Since this is the last night I keep you home
Last Line: Upon you, wrapped in indomitable me.


SEX AND TRUST       
First Line: If you want to have sex, you've got to trust
Last Line: Mere evacuation-lust


SEX ISN'T SIN       
First Line: Sex isn't sin, ah no! Sex isn't sin
Last Line: Of the itching mind and the mental self, with its pruriency %always agape


SEX WON'T WORK       
First Line: Sex won't work in captivity
Last Line: They are in the cage


SHADES       
First Line: Shall I tell you, then, how it is
Last Line: For I have told you plainly how it is


SHADOW OF DEATH       
First Line: The earth again like a ship steams out of the dark sea over
Last Line: Of darkness whereon she sleeps on her perfect bed


SHADOWS       
First Line: And if tonight my soul may find her peace
Last Line: He is breaking me down to his own oblivion %to send me forth on a new morning, a new man


SHE LOOKS BACK       
First Line: The pale bubbles
Last Line: And oh, I wish it was better


SHE SAID AS WELL TO ME       
First Line: She said as well to me: why are you ashamed
Last Line: And why should you overlook them in me


SHE-GOAT       
First Line: Goats go pst the back of the house like dry leaves in the
Last Line: While his slitted eyes squint back to the roots of his ears


SHEDDING OF BLOOD       
First Line: Without shedding of blood there is no remission of sin'
Last Line: And let mankind make new blood, fresh and bright


SHIP OF DEATH       
First Line: Now it is autumn and the falling fruit
Last Line: For the voyage of oblivion awaits you
Subject(s): Death; Graves; Ships And Shipping


SHIPS IN BOTTLES       
First Line: O ship in a bottle
Last Line: The storm is words, the bottles never break


SHOWS       
First Line: Today, if a man does something pretentious and deliberate
Last Line: Are deflowered by being looked at by so many unclean eyes


SICILIAN CYCLAMENS       
First Line: When he pushed his bush of black hair off his brow
Last Line: Among squat toad-leaves sprinkling the unborn %erechtheion marbles


SICK       
First Line: I am sick, because I have given myself away
Last Line: Never, not the tiniest shred


SICKNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Waving slowly before me, pushed into the dark
Last Line: The meaning out of them.


SIDE-STEP, O SONS OF MEN       
First Line: Sons of men, from the wombs of wistful women
Last Line: It is their heaven and their doom


SIGH NO MORE    Poem Text    
First Line: The cuckoo and the coo-dove's ceaseless calling
Last Line: A decent short regret for that which once was very good.


SIGHT OF GOD       
First Line: Men are not alike in the sight of god
Last Line: The living substantial gods


SIGNS OF THE TIMES       
First Line: If you want to get a glimpse of future possibilities
Last Line: A waiting for the proper touch, not for any word or deed


SILENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Since I lost you, I am silence-haunted
Last Line: Down the noise of men.
Subject(s): Silence


SINNERS       
First Line: The big mountains sit still in the afternoon light
Last Line: Swarms of mankind in the world, and we were less lonely


SLEEP       
First Line: Sleep is the shadow of death, but not only that
Last Line: And healed from all this ache of being


SLEEP AND WAKING       
First Line: In sleep I am not, I am gone
Last Line: The world is created afresh


SLOPES OF ETNA       
First Line: Peace is written on the doorstep
Last Line: Grey-black rock. %call it peace?
Variant Title(s): Peac
Subject(s): Peace; Volcanoes


SLOWLY THE SALT OF THE EARTH BECOMES SALT OF THE SEA       
First Line: Slowly the salt of the earth becomes salt of the sea
Last Line: Slowly the salt of the earth becomes salt of the sea


SNAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: A snake came to my water-trough
Last Line: A pettiness.
Subject(s): Animals; Snakes; Serpents; Vipers


SNOWY DAY IN SCHOOL       
First Line: All the long school-hours, round the irregular hum of the class
Last Line: Only I and the class must wrangle; this work is a bitter rood


SO LET ME LIVE       
First Line: So let me live that I may die
Last Line: To the breath, that is, of new beauty unfolding in death


SO THERE       
First Line: It's no good my dear
Last Line: Probably, as she grew older, she ate her rivals


SOFTLY, THEN, SOFTLY       
First Line: Do they block the way
Last Line: Down with them


SONG OF A MAN WHO HAS COME THROUGH    Poem Text    
First Line: Not I, not I, but the wind that blows through me!
Last Line: Admit them, admit them.


SONG OF A MAN WHO IS LOVED       
First Line: Between her breasts is my home, between her breasts
Last Line: And my still hands full of her breasts


SONG OF DEATH       
First Line: Sing the song of death, o sing it!
Last Line: Sing the song of death, o sing it
Subject(s): Death


SONG-DAY IN AUTUMN       
First Line: When the autumn roses
Last Line: Your heart of dismay


SONGS I LEARNT AT SCHOOL: I. NEPTUNE'S LITTLE AFFAIR WITH       
First Line: Father neptune one day to freedom did say
Last Line: A right little, tight little I -- sland!


SONGS I LEARNT AT SCHOOL: II. MY NATIVE LAND       
First Line: Of every land or east or west
Last Line: You're a rank outsider of the fifth remove


SONGS I LEARNT AT SCHOOL: III. THE BRITISH BOY       
First Line: Oh I'm a british bo -- oy, sir
Last Line: Pleasing britannia is no light work


SORROW    Poem Text    
First Line: Why does the thin grey strand
Last Line: I watched them float up the dark chimney.
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


SOULS TO SAVE       
First Line: You tell me every man has a soul to save
Last Line: So it can't have one to save


SOUTHERN NIGHT       
First Line: Come up, thou red thing
Last Line: Maculate %the red macula


SPACE       
First Line: Space, of course, is alive
Last Line: From the wild heart of space, that I call the sun of suns


SPANISH PRIVILEGE       
First Line: The inward cocky assertiveness of the spaniard seems to say:
Last Line: And nobody but themselves is interested


SPANISH WIFE       
First Line: When saw her straying a little dazed through her untidy house
Last Line: This foreign woman of the wealthy north


SPHINX       
First Line: But why do I fells o strangely about you
Last Line: Because I could not answer the riddle of her own self-importance


SPILLING THE SALT       
First Line: Don't spill the salt, for it is the landmark
Last Line: But also the sunderers, the angels with black, sharp wing-tips


SPIRAL FLAME       
First Line: There have been so many gods
Last Line: The upholstered dead that sit in deep arm-chairs


SPIRITS SUMMONED WEST       
First Line: England seems full of graves to me
Last Line: But in virginity jealousy does not enter


SPRAY       
First Line: It is a wonder foam is so beautiful
Last Line: With frustration how beautiful


SPRING MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah, through the open door
Last Line: Outside the door!
Subject(s): Spring


ST GEORGE AND THE DRAGON       
First Line: The more you tackle the property dragon
Last Line: But they let themselves be overwhelmed by those that are


ST JOHN       
First Line: John, oh john
Last Line: Ash flutters flocculent, like down on a blue, wan fledgeling


ST LUKE       
First Line: A wall, a bastion
Last Line: The bull of the proletariat has got his head down


ST MARK       
First Line: There was a lion in judah
Last Line: Going blind at last


ST MATTHEW       
First Line: They are not all beasts
Last Line: Am a traveller back and forth %so be it


STAND UP!       
First Line: Stand up, but not for jesus!
Last Line: Bust in, and hold the ground!


STOIC       
First Line: Groan then, groan
Last Line: Is this illusion of the death of the undying


STOP IT       
First Line: The one thing the old will never understand
Last Line: And the young are flowing in the throes of a great alterati on


STORM IN THE BLACK FOREST       
First Line: Now it is almost night, from the bronzey soft sky
Last Line: Chained, subjugated to his use %supposed to


STREET LAMPS       
First Line: Gold, with an innermost speck
Last Line: Still, and the darknesses steep %out all the sin


STRIFE       
First Line: When strife is a thing of two
Last Line: Then strife is evil, because it is not strife


STUDY    Poem Text    
First Line: Somewhere the long mellow note of the blackbird
Last Line: All head.)


SUBMERGENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: When along the pavement
Last Line: I forget my bereavement.


SUBURBS ON A HAZY DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: O stiffly shapen houses that change not
Last Line: To leave but only the merest possible taint!


SUN-MEN       
First Line: Men should group hemselves into a new order
Last Line: With bright legs and uncringing buttocks


SUN-WOMEN       
First Line: How strange it would be if some women came
Last Line: And thrill with glittering rays


SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN ITALY       
First Line: The man and the maid go side by side
Last Line: Wreathe and enlap and anoint them %behind separate doors


SUNSET       
First Line: There is a band of dull gold in the west, and say what you like
Last Line: And shares being with me, silkily %all of twilight


SWAN       
First Line: Far-off %at the core of space
Last Line: And stamps his black marsh-feet on their white and marshy flesh
Subject(s): Birds; Swans


TABERNACLE       
First Line: Come, let us build a temple to oblivion
Last Line: And all description is a blasphemy


TALE TOLD BY AN IDIOT       
First Line: Modern life is a tale told by an idiot
Last Line: And repeats himself like the flushing of a w.C


TALK       
First Line: I wish people when you sit near them
Last Line: And giving you a cold in your inside


TALK OF FAITH       
First Line: And people who talk about faith
Last Line: As if there was safety in numbers, even for faith


TALK OF LOYALTY       
First Line: I have noticed that people who talk a lot about loyalty
Last Line: And they fear the come-back


TARANTELLA    Poem Text    
First Line: Sad as he sits on the white sea-stone
Last Line: Of fiery coldness, to be gone in a lost soul's bliss.


TARTS       
First Line: I suppose tarts are called tarts because they're tart
Last Line: The father eats the pear, and the son's teeth are set on edge
Subject(s): Food And Eating


TEASE    Poem Text    
First Line: I will give you all my keys
Last Line: Suppliant on your curious knees.


TEMPLES       
First Line: Oh, what we want on earth
Last Line: In the sweet wholeness of oblivion


TENDER REVERENCE       
First Line: To be humble before other men is degrading, I am humble before
Last Line: I want to show always the human tender reverence


TERRA INCOGNITA       
First Line: There are vast realms of consciousness still undreamed of
Last Line: And slow mounting marvel of a little tree


THE BRIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: My love looks like a girl to-night
Last Line: By its shape, like the thrushes in clear evenings.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE ELEPHANT IS SLOW TO MATE    Poem Text    
First Line: The elephant, the huge old beast
Subject(s): Elephants


THE END    Poem Text    
First Line: If I could have put you in my heart
Last Line: I own that some of me is dead to-night.


THE ENGLISH ARE SO NICE    Poem Text    


THE ENKINDLED SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: This spring as it comes bursts up in bonfires green
Last Line: Less that the wind that runs to the flamy call!
Subject(s): Spring


THE HANDS OF THE BETROTHED    Poem Text    
First Line: Her tawny eyes are onyx of thoughtlessness
Last Line: Of her womanly virtue and of my good name.
Subject(s): Love


THE INHERITANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Since you did depart
Last Line: As they move.


THE MOSQUITO KNOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: The mosquito knows full well, small as he is
Subject(s): Mosquitoes


THE NORTH COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: In another country, black poplars shake themselves over a pond
Last Line: With violent achings heaving to burst the sleep that is now not long.
Subject(s): England; English


THE PUNISHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I have fetched the tears up out of the little wells
Last Line: My strength is shed.


THE SHIP OF DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Now it is autumn and the falling fruit
Subject(s): Death; Graves; Ships & Shipping; Dead, The; Tombs; Tombstones


THE SNAPDRAGON    Poem Text    
First Line: She bade me follow to her garden where
Last Line: And death, I know, is better than not-to-be.


THE VIRGIN MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: My little love, my darling
Last Line: Beside your bed.
Subject(s): Mothers


THE WHITE HORSE    Poem Text    
First Line: The youth walks up to the white horse, to put its halter on
Subject(s): Animals; Horses; Silence


THE WILD COMMON    Poem Text    
First Line: The quick sparks on the gorse-bushes are leaping
Last Line: Owning my supple body a rare glad thing, supremely good.


THERE ARE NO GODS       
First Line: There are no gods, and you can please yourself
Last Line: Like a pool into which we plunge, or do not plunge


THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE       
First Line: There are too many people on earth
Last Line: They nibble the face of the earth to a desert


THERE IS NO WAY OUT       
First Line: There is no way out, we are all caged monkeys
Last Line: Therefore be prepared to tackle the cage


THERE IS RAIN IN ME       
Last Line: Of eternal salt rage; angry is old ocean within a man


THERE WAS A GAY BIRD NAMED CHRISTINE       
Last Line: But the rest were obscure or obscene


THESE CLEVER WOMEN       
First Line: Close your eyes, my love, let me make you blind
Last Line: Between your thighs, far, far from your peering sight


THEY SAY THE SEA IS LOVELESS       
First Line: They say the sea is loveless, that in the sea
Last Line: In the bouncing of these small and happy whales
Subject(s): Sea


THIEF IN THE NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Last night a thief came to me
Last Line: For I've lost my peace.


THINGS MADE BY IRON       
First Line: Things made by iron and handled by steel
Last Line: They begin to be soothed and soothing: then we throw them away


THINGS MEN HAVE MADE       
First Line: Things men have made with wakened hands, and put soft
Last Line: Warm still with the life of forgotten men who made them


THINK -- !       
First Line: Imagine what it must have been to have existence
Last Line: Clear and flowery blue


THIRD THING       
First Line: Water is hwo, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one
Last Line: But it is a third thing present which makes it an atom
Subject(s): Rivers


THOUGHT       
First Line: Thought, I love thought
Last Line: Thought is a man in his wholeness wholly attending


TO A CERTAIN FRIEND       
First Line: You are so interested in yourself
Last Line: Your interesting self


TO BE SUPERIOR       
First Line: How nice it is to be superior
Last Line: I should like to


TO CLARINDA       
First Line: Thank you, dear clarinda
Last Line: To the depths, to the depths %of london town


TO LET GO OR TO HOLD ON       
First Line: Shall we let go
Last Line: Or is it even possible we must do both


TO PINO       
First Line: O pino %what a bean-o
Last Line: Along with the others! What luck


TO WOMEN, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED    Poem Text    
First Line: The feelings I don't have, I don't have
Subject(s): Men


TO WOMEN, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED       
First Line: The feelings I don't have, I don't have
Last Line: You'd better abandon all idea of feelings altogether
Subject(s): Men


TODAY       
First Line: Today, life is a choice of insanities
Last Line: Why not stay out, and learn to contain oneself


TOLERANCE       
First Line: One can be tolerant with a bore
Last Line: One can't stand peaceless people any more


TOMMIES IN THE TRAIN       
First Line: The the sun shines, %the coltsfoot flowers along the railway banks
Last Line: Endlessly, in one motion depart %from each other
Subject(s): World War I


TORTOISE FAMILY CONNECTIONS       
First Line: On he goes, the little one
Last Line: And biting the frail grass arrogantly %decidedly arrogantly st my eyes
Subject(s): Turtles


TORTOISE GALLANTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Making his advances
Last Line: We will go on to the end.
Subject(s): Turtles; Tortoises


TORTOISE SHELL    Poem Text    
First Line: The cross, the cross goes deeper in than we know
Last Line: This slow one.
Subject(s): Turtles; Tortoises


TORTOISE SHOUT       
First Line: I thought he was dumb
Last Line: That which in part, finding its whole again throughout the universe
Subject(s): Turtles


TOUCH       
First Line: Since we have become so cerebral
Last Line: We become vicious


TOUCH COMES       
First Line: Touch comes when the white mind sleeps
Last Line: Will be passing away, we shall cease to fuss


TOURISTS       
First Line: There is nothing to look at any more
Last Line: Everything has been seen to death


TOWN IN 1917       
First Line: London %used to wear her lights splendidly
Last Line: Has broken her spell


TRAGEDY       
First Line: Tragedy seems to me a loud noise
Last Line: Nor anybody else


TRAITORS       
First Line: Traitors, oh liars, you judas lot
Last Line: Which the superior classes are making money out of


TRANSFORMATIONS       
First Line: Oh you stiff shapes, swift transformation seethes
Last Line: And rot like a bean-pod; what are you, oh multiform


TRAVEL IS OVER       
First Line: I have travelled, and looked at the world, and loved it
Last Line: And undeniable new gods share their life with us, when we %cease to see


TREES       
First Line: It is said, a disease has attached the cypress trees of italy
Last Line: Fruits are excretions of the water and fire in plants


TREES IN THE GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah in the thunder air / how still the trees are!
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Trees


TREES IN THE GARDEN       
First Line: Ah in the thunder air %how still the trees are!
Last Line: As the green grass glows upwards, strangers in the garden
Subject(s): Gardens And Gardening; Trees


TRIUMPH       
First Line: It seems to me that for five thousand years at least
Last Line: We are sick of it


TRIUMPH OF THE MACHINE       
First Line: They talk of the triumph of the machine


TROPIC       
First Line: Sun, dark sun
Last Line: Compared to the flood of black heat that rolls up- %wards past my eyes


TROTH WITH THE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: The moon is broken in twain, and half a moon
Last Line: Am lit beneath my heart with a half-moon, weird and blue.


TRUE DEMOCRACY       
First Line: I wish I was a gentleman
Last Line: We are all kings and queens


TRUE LOVE AT LAST       
First Line: The handsome and self-absorbed young man
Last Line: In self-absorption and self-interest they were equally matched


TRUST       
First Line: Oh we've got to trust
Last Line: Are more glorious %and more sunny


TURKEY-COCK       
First Line: You ruffled black blossom
Last Line: Slag-wattled turkey-cock %dross-jabot


TURNED DOWN    Poem Text    
First Line: Hollow rang the house when I knocked at the door
Last Line: It shut behind her, leaving the street aghast.
Variant Title(s): Perfidy
Subject(s): Love - Unrequited


TWENTY YEARS AGO    Poem Text    
First Line: Round the house were lilacs and strawberries
Last Line: God forfend!


TWILIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Darkness comes out of the earth
Last Line: Is gone from sight.


TWILIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Darkness comes out of the earth
Last Line: Is gone from sight.


TWILIGHT       
First Line: Twilight %thick underdusk
Last Line: And splashes warm between the buttocks


TWO PERFORMING ELEPHANTS       
First Line: He stands with his forefeet on the drum
Last Line: Is too much for them
Subject(s): Elephants


TWO WAYS OF LIVING AND DYING       
First Line: While people live the life
Last Line: And who now draws slowly away, cold, the wistful goddess receding


TWO WIVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Into the shadow-white chamber silts the white
Last Line: "back, you understand!"
Subject(s): Marriage; Widows & Widowers; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


TWOFOLD    Poem Text    
First Line: How gorgeous that shock of red lilies, and larkspur cleaving
Last Line: And passion unbearable seethes in the darkness, like must in a vat.


ULTIMATE REALITY       
First Line: A young man said to me:
Last Line: In the big mirror, at his own fascinating shadow


UNDER THE OAK    Poem Text    
First Line: You, if you were sensible
Last Line: What place have you in my histories?
Subject(s): Environment; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


UNDERNEATH       
First Line: Below what we think we are
Last Line: Out of the soul's middle to the middle-most sun, way-off %orin every atom


UNHAPPY SOULS       
First Line: The unhappy souls are those that can't die and become silent
Last Line: But must ever struggle on to assert themselves


UNIVERSE FLOWS       
First Line: The universe flows in infinite wild streams,
Last Line: And us from the dreary inheritance of roman stupidity


UP HE GOES       
First Line: Up I rose, my lads, an' I heard yer
Last Line: The babes just beginning to teethe


UPROOTED       
First Line: People who complain of loneliness must have lost
Last Line: Into the unknown, and take root by oneself


VALENTINE'S NIGHT       
First Line: You shadow and flame
Last Line: In one blossom blowing


VENGEANCE IS MINE       
First Line: Vengeance is mine, saith the lord, I will repay
Last Line: For the defection of the self-centred ones


VIBRATION OF JUSTICE       
First Line: The profound and thrilling vibration of justice, sense of
Last Line: Makes the heart suddenly quiver with love


VIOLETS       
First Line: Sister, tha knows while we was on th' planks
Last Line: Gladder nor of thy lilies, if tha maun be told


VIRGIN YOUTH (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Now and again
Last Line: Tired and unsatisfied.
Subject(s): Virginity; Youth; Vestals


VIRGIN YOUTH (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Now and again
Last Line: On nothingness. Pardon me!
Subject(s): Virginity; Youth; Vestals


VITALITY       
First Line: Alas, my poor young men
Last Line: You'll not get vitality any other way


VOLCANIC VENUS       
First Line: What has happened in the world
Last Line: And never knowing when you'll provoke an earthquake


WAGES       
First Line: The wages of work is cash
Last Line: This is called universal freedom


WALK WARILY       
First Line: Walk warily, walk warily, be careful what you say
Last Line: And the angels are standing back


WANDERING COSMOS       
First Line: Oh, do not tell me the heavens as well are a wheel
Last Line: It stays on its hub


WAR-BABY       
First Line: The child like mustard seed
Last Line: Will flourish its branchyes in heaven when we %slumber beneath


WAY OUT       
First Line: The only way to settle the property question
Last Line: That the property problem solves itself by the way


WE ARE TRANSMITTERS -       
First Line: As we live, we are transmitters of life
Last Line: Even if it's only in the whiteness of a washed pocket-handkerchief


WE CAN'T BE TOO CAREFUL       
Last Line: And soon even god won't be big enough to handle that infant


WE DIE TOGETHER       
First Line: Oh, when I think of the industrial millions,
Last Line: Death of my fellow men


WE HAVE GONE TOO FAR       
First Line: We have gone too far, oh very much too far
Last Line: Let us go back, the only way is love


WEALTH       
First Line: Peace I have from the core of the atom, from the core of space
Last Line: And my leaves are green with the breath of human experience


WEDDING MORN       
First Line: The morning breaks like a pomegranate
Last Line: For joy or for misery
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage


WEDLOCK       
First Line: Come, my little one, closer up against me
Last Line: Having you near me


WEEKNIGHT SERVICE    Poem Text    
First Line: The five old bells
Last Line: In its cenotaph.


WELCOME DEATH       
First Line: How welcome death would be
Last Line: On our castrated society


WELLSIAN FUTURES       
First Line: When men are made in bottles
Last Line: And be prepared to kill you if you say they've got none


WHALES WEEP NOT    Poem Text    
First Line: They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains
Subject(s): Animals


WHALES WEEP NOT       
First Line: All the whales in the wider deeps, hot are they as they urge
Last Line: There they blow, there they blow, hot wild white breath out %of the sea
Subject(s): Animals


WHALES WEEP NOT       
First Line: They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains
Last Line: And dense with happy blood, dark rainbow bliss in the sea
Subject(s): Sea; Whales


WHAT AILS THEE       
First Line: What ails thee then, woman, what ails thee
Last Line: Than to shelter anybody from the cau-auld blst


WHAT ARE THE GODS?       
First Line: What are the gods, then, what are the gods
Last Line: I suddenly saw deep into the eyes of god: %it is enough


WHAT ARE THE WILD WAVES SAYING       
Last Line: What are the wild waves saying


WHAT DO I CARE       
First Line: And what do I care
Last Line: Which else were a silent grasp that held the skies


WHAT DOES SHE WANT       
First Line: What does she want, volcanic venus, as she goes fuming
Last Line: She bites him in the neck and passes on


WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOU? (1)       
First Line: What have they done to you, men of the masses
Last Line: In place of your own life


WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOU? (2)       
First Line: What have they done to you, men of the masses, creeping
Last Line: The masses! Oh, what has been done to them?


WHAT IS A MAN TO DO?       
First Line: Oh, when the world is hopeless
Last Line: To its fearful fate


WHAT IS HE       
First Line: What is he %a man of course
Last Line: All right! You always did quibble


WHAT IS MAN WITHOUT AN INCOME?       
Last Line: Down which the nations's resources roll away


WHAT MATTERS       
First Line: As one of our brightese young intellectuals said to me
Last Line: With finger-nails of septic criticising


WHAT THEN IS EVIL       
First Line: Oh, in the world of the flesh of man
Last Line: And in his machines


WHAT WOULD YOU FIGHT FOR       
First Line: I am not sure I would always fight for my life
Last Line: And I must say, I am often worsted


WHAT'S TO BE DONE       
First Line: The ony thing for a man to do now, or a woman
Last Line: In a cog-wheel clatter of violation


WHAT'S WRONG       
First Line: Perhaps what's wrong is simply lack of vitality
Last Line: Of those that can use it, smite with it


WHATEVER MAN MAKES       
First Line: Whatever man makes and makes it live
Last Line: It leaves its trail


WHEN I READ SHAKESPEARE    Poem Text    
First Line: When I read shakespeare I am struck with wonder
Subject(s): Dramatists; Plays & Playwrights ; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Dramatists


WHEN I READ SHAKESPEARE       
First Line: When I read shakespeare I am struck with wonder
Last Line: Yet the language so lovely! Like the dyes from gas-tar
Subject(s): Dramatists; Plays And Playwrights; Poetry And Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)


WHEN I WENT TO THE CIRCUS       
First Line: When I went to the circus that had pitched on the waste lot
Last Line: In the bright wild circus flesh
Subject(s): Circus


WHEN I WENT TO THE FILM       
First Line: When I went to the film, and saw all the black-and-white
Last Line: In flat ecstasy, supremely unfelt %and heavenly


WHEN MOST MEN DIE       
Last Line: And can't be mended


WHEN SATAN FELL       
First Line: When satan fell, he only fell
Last Line: Which swing against each other


WHEN THE RIPE FRUIT FALLS       
Last Line: Silky with oil of distilled experience


WHEN WILT THOU TEACH THE PEOPLE       
First Line: When wilt thou teach the people
Last Line: God of justice, when wilt thou teach them to save themselves


WHETHER OR NOT       
First Line: Dunna thee tell me it's his'n, mother
Last Line: So good-bye, an' let's let be


WHITE BLOSSOM       
First Line: A tiny moon as small and white as a single jasmine flower
Last Line: She shines, the first white love of my youth, passionless and in vain


WHITE HORSE       
First Line: The youth walks up to the white horse, to put its halter on
Last Line: They are so silent, they are in another world
Subject(s): Animals; Horses; Silence


WHY       
First Line: Why have money
Last Line: Why should we be belittled any longer


WHY DOES SHE WEEP       
First Line: Hush then %why do you cry?
Last Line: Hidden, he won't come forth


WILD THINGS IN CAPTIVITY       
Last Line: Break the cage thn, start in and try


WILLY WET-LEG    Poem Text    
First Line: I can't stand willy wet-leg
Subject(s): Hate


WILLY WET-LEG       
First Line: I can't stand willy wet-leg
Last Line: He lets you hit him twice
Subject(s): Hate


WIND, THE RASCAL       
First Line: The wind, the rascal, knocked at my door, and I said:
Last Line: Are drearisome %and wearisome


WINTER DAWN       
First Line: Green star sirius
Last Line: Of all feeling bereft


WINTER IN THE BOULEVARD    Poem Text    
First Line: The frost has settled down upon the trees
Last Line: Awaiting the sentence out from the welkin brought.


WINTER-LULL       
First Line: Because of the silent snow, we are all hushed
Last Line: To assist us; disastrously silence-bound


WOE       
First Line: Woe, woe to the world
Last Line: And every self-assertion clashes on every other


WOMEN WANT FIGHTERS FOR THEIR LOVERS       
First Line: Women don't want wistful
Last Line: Let it crow then, like one o'clock!


WON'T IT BE STRANGE       
First Line: Won't it be strange, when the nurse brings the new-born infant
Last Line: And leave him forever listening for the answer


WONDERFUL SPIRITUAL WOMEN       
First Line: The wonderful thoughtful women who make such good
Last Line: And trampled all the listeners to a smush


WORK       
First Line: There is no point in work
Last Line: He will cancel the machines we have got
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers


WORK OF CREATION       
First Line: The mystery of creation is the divine urge of creatgion
Last Line: Let me think about it! Let me form an idea!


WORKING MAN       
First Line: If auntie doesn't love me
Last Line: And enjoy myself fine


WORM EITHER WAY       
First Line: If you live along with all the other people
Last Line: Quite! Says the other. Cuckoo


WORSHIP       
First Line: All men are worshippers
Last Line: Even the denial that there is any gleam


YEW-TREE ON THE DOWNS       
First Line: A gibbous moon hangs out of the twilight
Last Line: The last dark delight


YOU       
First Line: You, you don't know me
Last Line: Like fire-tongs a live coal %for a minute


YOUNG AND THEIR MORAL GUARDIANS       
First Line: O the stale old dogs who pretend to guard
Last Line: A good kick at his dirty old hole


YOUNG ARE NOT GREEDY       
First Line: Say what we like, our civilisation has learnt a great lesson
Last Line: But on what they find distasteful, repulsive, or attractive


YOUNG ARE NOT MEAN IN MATERIAL THINGS       
First Line: The good thing about the younger generations
Last Line: Lies latent in the souls of the young, a latent desire


YOUNG FATHERS       
First Line: Young men, having no real joy in life and no hope in the future
Last Line: Is put by its parents into its coffin


YOUNG SOLDIER WITH BLOODY SPURS       
First Line: The sergeant says that eight and twenty wagons
Last Line: And away went the last of the wagons


YOUNG WANT TO BE JUST       
First Line: It is odd, again, about the young
Last Line: Of grandpa and of grandma, even of daddy and mum


YOUNG WIFE       
First Line: The pain of loving you
Last Line: Is almost more than I can bear


YOUTH MOWING       
First Line: There are four men mowing down by the isar
Last Line: Yea, though I'm sorry for thee
Subject(s): Mowing And Mowers; Pregnancy


[BAWDY CAN BE SANE]       
First Line: Bawdy can be sane and wholesome
Last Line: So you've got to choose


[FLAT-FOOT'S SONG]       
First Line: Because flat-foot is the favourite of the white leghorn cock,
Last Line: The roast veal; I am shaking it for you


[MR SQUIRE]       
First Line: Dearly-beloved mr squire
Last Line: And leave the critical piggy-wiggies


[THE GODS]       
First Line: The gods are all things, and so are we
Last Line: Moments of pure manifestation


[THOMAS EARP]       
First Line: I heard a little chicken chirp
Last Line: And my name is thomas, thomas earp