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A DREAM OF WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS, by ROBERT BLY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You were dead, but how sleek and darkly calm you were!
Last Line: Lying, saying I cared nothing about form....
Subject(s): Creative Ability; Dreams; Irony; Play; Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963); Inspiration; Creativity; Nightmares


A FABLE, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Said a little boy to a honey bee
Last Line: Said the honey bee to the little boy.
Subject(s): Bees; Boys; Fables; Insects; Play; Beekeeping; Allegories; Bugs


A GOOD PLAY, by ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We built a ship upon the stairs
Last Line: So there was no one left but me.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stevenson, Robert Lewis Balfour
Variant Title(s): A Child's Garden Of Verses: 13
Subject(s): Children; Play; Childhood


A PICTURE, by EDWARD BLISS REED    Poem Text                
First Line: On spinet old [or, harpsichord], clarissa plays
Last Line: Clarissa plays.
Subject(s): Play


A REAL BOY, by WILBUR DICK NESBIT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There's a joy that is a joy
Last Line: In a boy that is a boy!
Subject(s): Boys; Children; Games; Happiness; Play; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Joy; Delight


A SUMMER SERMON FOR MEN, by OLIVER MARBLE    Poem Text                
First Line: I have fought a good fight,' the parson said, his weekly text declaring
Last Line: Felt of his muscle on the sly — and felt like god's anointed!
Subject(s): Baseball; Games; Play; Sermons; Sports; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


A VISION OF CHILDREN, by THOMAS ASHE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I dreamed I saw a little brook
Last Line: Pass'd, weeping like a child.
Subject(s): Children; Play; Childhood


ALL THE WORLD IS RIGHT FOR PLAY, by ANNETTE WYNNE    Poem Text                
Last Line: In may!
Subject(s): Play; May (month)


ALL WORK AND NO PLAY, by BOB MCKENTY    Poem Source                
First Line: As hard as little bonnie tried
Last Line: Why don't we rob some piggy banks?
Subject(s): Children; Play


ALONE AND TOGETHER, by ANNETTE WYNNE    Poem Text                
First Line: I had a lovely lonely day
Last Line: It is such fun to be together!
Subject(s): Children; Play; September; Solitude; Childhood; Loneliness


ALTERNATION, by GEORGE MEREDITH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Between the fountain and the rill
Last Line: Of whence we spring and what we are.
Subject(s): Play; War


AMMERGAU, by FREDERICK WILLIAM HENRY MYERS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Where is he gone?' o men and maidens where
Last Line: Bare witness to the fatherhood of god.
Alternate Author Name(s): Myers, Frederic
Subject(s): Oberammergau Passion-play


AN ADDRESS TO SHAKESPEARE, by WILLIAM MCGONAGALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Immortal! William shakespeare, there's none can you excel
Last Line: While seated around the fireside on a cold winter's night.
Subject(s): Dramatists; Play; Plays & Playwrights; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Theater & Theaters


AND DANCING / AND LEAPING, by IVY ETHEL OLIVE EASTWICK    Poem Source                
Last Line: We go
Subject(s): Play


AND THEN THERE WERE THE FEET, by WILLIAM KISTLER    Poem Source                
Last Line: Out from the darkening body of evening
Subject(s): Feet; Night; Play


AT REHEARSAL, by ALICE CARY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O cousin kit macdonald
Last Line: Of the part you are playing now.
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Play; Disappointment


BABIES, by ALICE FULTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Born gorgeous with nerves, with brains
Last Line: The first time will ever do
Subject(s): Play; Babies


BABIES, by ALICE FULTON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Born gorgeous with nerves, with brains
Last Line: To be perfect %the first time will ever do
Subject(s): Play


BALL-TIME, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: This week it's got so warm that I have been
Last Line: Unless I get first innin's at the bat!
Subject(s): Balls; Children; Play; Childhood


BALTAZAR BEATS HIS TUTOR AT SCRABBLE, by BELLE WARING    Poem Source                
First Line: If myra counts fifteen cows and alfredo counts nine
Last Line: On the words she would sing, and the music not separate from them
Subject(s): Play


BASEBALL BY THE OLD, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "this is the time of the year, my boys"
Last Line: The gray - head who would play baseball!
Subject(s): Baseball;games;play;spectator (periodical);sports; Recreation;pastimes;amusements


BED-BOUNCING, by BRAD BURG    Poem Source                
First Line: I hear mom's voice-'no!'-in my %head
Last Line: Hop- %py %hap- %pl- %ness %com- %plete!
Subject(s): Play


BEND-A-FAMILY', by JIM DANIELS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Arrives attached to their own living room
Last Line: Hey, I say, loosen up
Subject(s): Imagination; Life; Play


BLIND MAN'S BLUFF, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "blind man, blind man / sure you can't see?"
Last Line: "blind, blind man!"
Subject(s): Play


BLINDMAN'S BUFF, by AMOS RUSSEL WELLS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Day after day, day after day
Last Line: Death takes the handkerchief away.
Subject(s): Play


BOXCAR, by TERRANCE HAYES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Black as snow & ice as cool / miles stood horn-handed while
Subject(s): Play


BOXCAR, by TERRANCE HAYES    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Black as snow & ice as cool / miles stood horn-handed while
Last Line: These boxcars pullin & pullin & pullin past
Subject(s): Play


BOY AND MOM AT THE NUTCRACKER BALLET, by NAOMI SHIHAB NYE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There's no talking in this movie
Last Line: Do you have any more pistachios in your purse?
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Play; Theater & Theaters; Stage Life


BUBBLES, by BRAD BURG    Poem Source                
First Line: Float% float%
Last Line: Don't- %pop!
Subject(s): Play


BUILDER, by BRENDAN KENNELLY    Poem Source                
First Line: On the june strand, emily birdthistle
Last Line: She stands back and admires it then, %as do many passing women and men.
Subject(s): Children; Play


CARD HOUSES, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: My little niece and I - I read
Last Line: "yes, lizzie, build it up again."
Subject(s): Children;games;play; Childhood;recreation;pastimes;amusements


CARNIVAL, by FRANCIS CARCO    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Gilded mask and domino
Last Line: Spare, o lord, thy last bohemian!
Subject(s): Carnivals; Games; Play; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


CATCH, by BRAD BURG    Poem Source                
First Line: Blue sky %white clouds
Last Line: Sound %of %sum- %er's %clock
Subject(s): Play


CHIEKO PLAYING AMONG THE PLOVERS, by TAKAMURA KOTARO    Poem Source                
First Line: On abandoned kujukuri beach
Last Line: I stand transfixed, bathed in the pollen of pines
Subject(s): Play; Plovers


CHILD'S PLAY, by MILDRED FOCHT    Poem Text                
First Line: On the grass sat two-years-old
Last Line: "dead and gone away."
Subject(s): Children; Play; Childhood


CHILDHOOD, by ALICE STETTINER    Poem Text                
First Line: I watched a little child one day
Last Line: Unpleasantries all in forgetfulness burn.
Subject(s): Aging; Children; Play; Childhood


CHILDREN AT PLAY, by WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES    Poem Text                
First Line: I hear a merry noise indeed
Last Line: Snowflakes shall be your butterflies.
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Children; Play; Childhood


CHILDREN DANCE: 8. EVERYTHING IS A DANCE, by LUCILA GODOY ALCAYAGA    Poem Source                
First Line: The stars are children in circling dance
Last Line: They play at embracing the earth!
Subject(s): Children; Dancing And Dancers; Play


COLORFUL SOUNDS FILL THE AIR, by SHANNON KEELS    Poem Source                
Last Line: On the ears of a small child
Subject(s): Children; Play


COMPENSATIONS, by ISABEL ECCLESTONE MACKAY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There's goin' to be a chris'mas-tree next door!
Last Line: Them upstarts know!
Subject(s): Children; Christmas; Ice; Play; Snow; Winter; Childhood; Nativity, The


CONNECT THE DOTS, by BRAD BURG    Poem Source                
First Line: 1. Twin- %15. Are!
Last Line: 7. Star, 5. Lit-
Subject(s): Play


CONSOLATION, by BILLY COLLINS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: How agreeable it is not to be touring italy this summer
Last Line: A road that will never lead to rome, not even bologna
Subject(s): Play


CONSOLATION, by BILLY COLLINS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: How agreeable it is not to be touring italy this summer
Last Line: Down a road that will never lead to rome, not even bologna
Subject(s): Play


COUNTRY WISDOMS, by MAGGIE ANDERSON                    Poet's Biography
First Line: Out here where the crows turn around
Subject(s): Play


COUNTRY WISDOMS, by MAGGIE ANDERSON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Out here where the crows turn around
Last Line: More ways than one to skin a cat. %then they say, bootstraps. %pull yourself up
Subject(s): Play


CYNTHIA SPORTING, by PHILIP AYRES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Along the river's side did cynthia stray
Last Line: Her presence fills with perfumes all the field.
Subject(s): Play


DANDELION, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Dandelion, fuzzy-top, must I stop my play?
Last Line: I've really got to know at once if mother's wanting me.
Subject(s): Children; Dandelions; Flowers; Play; Weeds; Childhood


DOLLS, by BERTON BRALEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Betty has dolls that can almost talk
Last Line: And half of the sawdust out!
Subject(s): Dolls; Girls; Play; Toys


DRESSIN' UP, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It's fun up in the attic, when mother lets us 'splore
Last Line: "but the women say ""my gracious!"" an' the men folks say ""oh gee!"
Subject(s): Children; Clothing & Dress; Play; Childhood


ENOUGH ALREADY, by MARY CROW    Poem Source                
First Line: I'm sick and tired
Last Line: Can't we get up and play
Subject(s): Play; Relationships


FALSE LEADS, by YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Hey! Mister bloodhound boss
Last Line: How to put a bobcat into a crocus sack
Alternate Author Name(s): Brown, James Willie, Jr.
Subject(s): Play


FATI VALET HORA BENIGNI, by SAMUEL BISHOP    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In myriad swarms, each summer sun
Last Line: When all those hours -- are play.
Subject(s): Play; Summer


FEAST, by SHARON MCDERMOTT    Poem Source                
First Line: Somewhere the moon as full as a breast
Last Line: Of heels, phrases %playing between the cracks
Subject(s): Play


FINGER PLAY, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: This little bunny said, 'let's play'
Subject(s): Play


FIREFLIES, by BRAD BURG    Poem Source                
First Line: Blink here %don't wait!
Last Line: And- %let you... %go!
Subject(s): Play


FOR PHILLIP WHO WOULD BE SIX YEARS OLD TODAY, by HELEN DOREMUS    Poem Text                
First Line: For all of us the world's a stage
Last Line: Without a line to say.
Subject(s): Play


FRISBEE, by BRAD BURG    Poem Source                
First Line: I love %to see %it ride
Last Line: When it's %here! %now!
Subject(s): Play


FROLIC, by GEORGE WILLIAM RUSSELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The children were shouting together
Last Line: The lovely lawns of the light.
Alternate Author Name(s): A. E.
Subject(s): Children; Games; Happiness; Play; Stars; Sun; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Joy; Delight


FROM ALL THE JAILS THE BOYS AND GIRLS, by EMILY DICKINSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
Last Line: For such a foe as this
Subject(s): Children; Play


FURRY LEWIS PONDERS LIFE AND DEATH AS A BLUES MAN, by MICHAEL GRABER    Poem Source                
First Line: Crying low the cart wheels
Last Line: Sidetrack death's black train
Subject(s): Play


GAME AT CHESS: BISHOP TO KING, by DAVID SOLWAY    Poem Source                
First Line: Sir, the kingdom is all in turmoil
Last Line: Of a prodigy redeems the game
Subject(s): Chess; Courts And Courtiers; Play


GAME AT CHESS: ENDGAME, by DAVID SOLWAY    Poem Source                
First Line: One leans into the mirror and speaks
Last Line: Hovering in airs of shadow and light
Subject(s): Chess; Play


GAME AT CHESS: FERDINAND AND MIRANDA DISCOVERED PLAYING CHESS, by DAVID SOLWAY    Poem Source                
First Line: How should she mind if ferdinand had played
Last Line: His talk of strategy, his abstract look
Subject(s): Chess; Learning; Play


GAME AT CHESS: PERPETUAL CHECK, by DAVID SOLWAY    Poem Source                
First Line: The fiscal bishops tear their mitred hair
Last Line: Prosperity could balance or redress %the regal magnanimity of loss
Subject(s): Chess; Play


GEOMETRY PROBLEM, by BARBARA EDELMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: I pass the sunset, squared
Last Line: Pulls a blank on his own reflection
Subject(s): Play


GIRL FRIEND POEM: 3, by CAROLYN D. WRIGHT    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: She was white and flown
Last Line: The light. And the peaches fell down around us
Alternate Author Name(s): Wright, C. D.
Variant Title(s): Girl Friend Poem #
Subject(s): Friendship; Girls; Laughter; Play


GIRLS AND BOYS COME OUT TO PLAY, by MOTHER GOOSE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
Last Line: And we'll have pudding in half an hour
Subject(s): Play


GOIN' BAREFOOT, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It's more fun goin' barefoot than anythin' I know
Last Line: Er else I wisht I was so poor I hadn't none t' lose!
Subject(s): Boys; Children; Feet; Play; Childhood


GOLF, by OLIVER MURRAY EDWARDS    Poem Text                
First Line: On uncle ebenezer's farm
Last Line: That gives me weariness.
Subject(s): Golf; Play; Sports


GOOD OLD BOYS, THE FORTIFICATIONS., by NANCE VAN WINCKEL    Poem Source                
First Line: Little play parlor under a v
Last Line: But a bigger one's on the way
Subject(s): Boys; Imagination; Play


GRAND RAPIDS CRICKET CLUB, by JULIA A. MOORE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In grand rapids is a handsome club
Last Line: Like many a noble star.
Alternate Author Name(s): Sweet Singer Of Michigan
Subject(s): Play


HAYMOW, by LUELLA MARKLEY MOCKETT    Poem Source                
First Line: Up in the barn where they keep the hay
Last Line: And there they lived - till the rain was over
Subject(s): Play


HELLO, by KARIN WISIOL    Poem Source                
First Line: Dress rehearsal
Last Line: In what was once savannah
Subject(s): Play


HEY, DR: WHO, LET'S DIAL 1965, by ANSELM HOLLO    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In petaled decade glassy sunlight
Last Line: Dancers receding?
Subject(s): Screen Writing; Motion Pictures - Play Writing


HIDE AND GO SEEK, by HENRY CUYLER BUNNER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It was an old, old, old, old lady
Last Line: And the boy who was half-past three.
Variant Title(s): One, Two, Three!'
Subject(s): Children; Games; Play; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


HIDE AND SEEK, by ALICE CARY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: As I sit and watch at the window-pane
Last Line: As I waited them below.
Subject(s): Mortality; Childhood Memories; Farm Life; Play


HOLES, by JR. ORVAL A. LUND    Poem Source                
First Line: Your father's fighting world war ii %and you're in a brown foxhole you dug
Last Line: And wail at the whole damn sky
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Children; Fathers; Play; Soldiers; World War Ii


HOLIDAYS, by ANNETTE WYNNE    Poem Text                
First Line: Of all, the flowers love a holiday
Last Line: Love the days when school is out.
Subject(s): Children; Holidays; Play; Summer; Vacation; Childhood


HOP, SKIP, AND JUMP, by GARY SNYDER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The curv'd lines toe-drawn, round cornerd squares
Last Line: To do the hop, skip, and jump
Subject(s): Play


HOP, SKIP, AND JUMP: A QUEER TRIO PERSONIFIED, by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O! Hop is a sailor used up in the war
Last Line: Those impalpable ideas of hop, skip, and jump!
Subject(s): Perpetual Motion; Play


HOTEL BY THE SEA, by SUSAN MITCHELL    Poem Source                
First Line: In the hotel by the sea a man is playing the piano
Last Line: A pack of anything anywhere
Subject(s): Hotels; Play


HULA HOOP, by BRAD BURG    Poem Source                
First Line: Just %turn %and %twist
Last Line: It %fall- %ing?) %all %a- %round %you!
Subject(s): Play


HUNTING FOR CHERUBS, by JEFFREY MCDANIEL    Poem Source                
First Line: If you heard your lover scream in the next room, and you ran in
Last Line: You rush to and comfort first?
Subject(s): Play


HUT, by HILDA VAN STOCKUM    Poem Source                
First Line: We built a hut, my brother and I
Last Line: Because we felt so dry
Subject(s): Play


I LIKE HOUSE CLEANING, by DOROTHY BROWN THOMPSON    Poem Source                
First Line: It's fun to clean house
Last Line: Among the house cleaning %for new things to play
Subject(s): Housekeeping; Play


IN THE PRESENT TIME, WHICH IS THE END OF THE WORLD: FIRST FLOOR, by ERIC CHARLES LEMAY    Poem Source                
First Line: Gothic light. A bedroom with the same architectural structure as those of ...
Last Line: Through the window, the red-blue flashing of ememergency lights. The hands raise a few %fingers. All
Subject(s): Judgment Day; Play


IN THE PRESENT TIME, WHICH IS THE END OF THE WORLD: SECOND FLOOR, by ERIC CHARLES LEMAY    Poem Source                
First Line: Darkness. Unrhythmic slapping sound from above. Indigo light rises on a bedroom
Last Line: Turns to the bed, removes the picture and the revolver, brushes off the plaster, arranges %the comfo
Subject(s): Judgment Day; Play


IN THE PRESENT TIME, WHICH IS THE END OF THE WORLD: THIRD FLOOR, by ERIC CHARLES LEMAY    Poem Source                
First Line: Bright light. A bedroom with the same architectural structure as that of ...
Last Line: Silence. Lights continue flashing. No one comes
Subject(s): Judgment Day; Play


IN WINTER TIME, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The winter time is extra nice
Last Line: We put him first, in case we bump.
Subject(s): Children; Play; Winter; Childhood


INNOCENT PLAY, by ISAAC WATTS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Abroad in the meadows to see the young lambs
Last Line: And tell you, 'tis all but in sport.'
Subject(s): Play


INSIDE GERTRUDE STEIN, by LYNN EMANUEL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Right now as I am talking to you and as you are being talked to
Last Line: "least likely of saviors, you are my last choice and my last
Subject(s): Play


INSIDE GERTRUDE STEIN, by LYNN EMANUEL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Right now as I am talking to you and as you are being talked to
Last Line: You are the least likely of saviors, you are my last choice and my last resort
Subject(s): Play


IRONING DAY, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I don't see why the grown-ups care
Last Line: To wash and iron every day.
Subject(s): Children; Cleanliness; Dolls; Girls; Play; Toys; Childhood


JERK, by JEFFREY MCDANIEL    Poem Source                
First Line: Hey you, dragging the halo- %how about a holiday in the islands of grief?
Last Line: So how about it?
Subject(s): Play


JIHAD SOUNDS OF HOME, by MARCEL BEYER    Poem Source                
First Line: They're playing jihad sounds of home
Last Line: First cars, you pass into a light sleep
Subject(s): Games; Play


JUNGLE GYM, by BRAD BURG    Poem Source                
First Line: Paula's %made it %to %the %top
Last Line: Margaret's mom is calling
Subject(s): Play


KITE-TIME, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Last night me an' my brother made a kite
Last Line: A-hangin' in that elm tree down the street.
Subject(s): Children; Kites; Play; Toys; Childhood


KITES, by BRAD BURG    Poem Source                
First Line: Last! %at %spring
Last Line: The wind has a hundred hands
Subject(s): Play


LA FOI, by KATHARINE ADAMS    Poem Text                
First Line: The branches of the trees are bending close above
Last Line: Of the night.
Subject(s): Children; Play; Childhood


LABOR DAY, by SEAN THOMAS DOUGHERTY    Poem Source                
First Line: A morning without work is a morning to breathe, to
Last Line: Woman's perfume, lilacs and lemons, the breath of a %baby's hair
Subject(s): Play


LANGUAGE LESSON 1976, by HEATHER MCHUGH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When americans say a man
Subject(s): Americans; Language; Play; United States; Words; Vocabulary; America


LANGUAGE LESSON 1976, by HEATHER MCHUGH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When americans say a man
Last Line: And let me be %the one you never hold
Subject(s): Americans; Language; Play; United States


LEAF PILE, by BRAD BURG    Poem Source                
First Line: Look out %below!
Last Line: Soft and deep!'-next thing I know, we're leaping, all!-and laughing, in the heart of fall!
Subject(s): Play


LET YOUNG FOLKS PLAY, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Let young folk be blithe and gay
Last Line: Let young folks be blithe and play
Subject(s): Children;play; Childhood


LINES IN DEFENCE OF THE STAGE, by WILLIAM MCGONAGALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Good people of high and low degree
Last Line: And hasn't the least tendency to lead to prodigality.
Subject(s): Play; Shakespeare - Hamlet; Theater & Theaters


LOCAL HOPE, by JACK HEFLIN    Poem Source                
First Line: From tangle of water oak, from willows torn free upriver
Last Line: The locals laugh but like to rub their little heads for luck
Subject(s): Play


MAKE BELIEVE (1), by ALICE CARY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: All upon a summer day
Last Line: Yes, I think so, without doubt.
Subject(s): Children; Play; Work


MAN WHO WOULDN'T PLANT WILLOW TREES, by ALICE E. STALLINGS    Poem Source                
First Line: Willows are messy trees. Hair in their eyes
Last Line: They claim they are sorry, but they whisper it
Alternate Author Name(s): Stallings, A. E.
Subject(s): Play


MEADOW AND SEA, by AMOS RUSSEL WELLS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I watch the children play beside the sea
Last Line: The ocean wide before them -- what care they?
Subject(s): Play


MENDING DAY, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: How quickly children's clothes will rip and tear!
Last Line: Whose clothes are only painted on their skin.
Subject(s): Children; Dolls; Play; Toys; Childhood


MOON OF GREEN LEAVES, by ANNETTE WYNNE    Poem Text                
First Line: Moon of green leaves come to me
Last Line: Come the whole world wants to play
Subject(s): Leaves; Play


MORAL: FRANKLIN HYDE, WHO CAROUSED IN THE DIRT AND WAS CORRECTED BY HIS UNCLE , by HILAIRE BELLOC    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: From franklin hyde's adventure learn
Last Line: May always play with sand
Alternate Author Name(s): Belloc, Joseph Hilaire Pierre Rene
Subject(s): Children; Play; Uncles


MUSIC SURVIVES, COMPOSING HER OWN SPHERE, by JOHN DREXEL    Poem Source                
First Line: All day a blackbird has been trilling. Or
Last Line: And all the aviary of heaven %shouting aufersteh'n!
Subject(s): Play


MY BROTHER THE ARTIST, AT SEVEN, by PHILIP LEVINE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: As a boy he played alone in the fields
Subject(s): Brothers; Play; Solitude; Youth; Half-brothers; Loneliness


MY MOTHER'S LIPS, by CHARLES KENNETH WILLIAMS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Until I asked her to please stop doing it and was astonished to find
Last Line: My desolate bed behind me, and my voice, hoarse, and the sweet, alien %air against me like a kiss
Alternate Author Name(s): Williams, C. K.
Subject(s): Play


MY PAPA'S WALTZ, by THEODORE ROETHKE    Poem Text     Poem Explanation         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: The whiskey on your breath / could make a small boy dizzy
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Dancing & Dancers; Fathers; Men; Night; Play; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Bedtime


MY PAPA'S WALTZ, by THEODORE ROETHKE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The whiskey on your breath %could make a small boy dizzy
Last Line: Then waltzed me off to bed %still clinging to your shirt
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism; Dancing And Dancers; Fathers; Men; Night; Play


MY PLAN, by MARCHETTE CHUTE    Poem Source                
First Line: When I'm a little older %I plan to buy a boat
Last Line: And all the hudson river %in which to wash my dishes
Subject(s): Boats; Play


NOTE ON THE TYPE, by TIMOTHY GEIGER    Poem Source                
First Line: We chiseled them to fill our need to see
Last Line: Then humming, speaks up and is recognized
Subject(s): Play


NURSE'S SONG, FR. SONGS OF EXPERIENCE, by WILLIAM BLAKE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When voices of children are heard on the green
Last Line: And your winter and night in disguise.
Subject(s): Bible; Children; Holidays; Mythology; New Year; Play; Time; Childhood


NURSE'S SONG, FR. SONGS OF INNOCENCE, by WILLIAM BLAKE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When the voices of children are heard on the green / and laughing is heard
Last Line: And all the hills ecchoed
Variant Title(s): Play Time
Subject(s): Bible; Children; Evening; Innocence; Mythology; Play; Time; Childhood; Sunset; Twilight


OBERAMMERGAU, 1890, by WILLIAM ALLEN BUTLER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A trembling vow breathed in a night of fears
Last Line: Show forth his passion till the saviour come.
Subject(s): Crucifixion; Jesus Christ; Oberammergau Passion-play; Religion; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion; Theology


ON A PICTURE OF A CHILD TIRED OF PLAY, by NATHANIEL PARKER WILLIS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Tired of play! Tired of play
Last Line: Thou wilt sink to sleep on thy mother's breast.
Subject(s): Play


ON THE PLAYING FIELD, by MARTHA RONK    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In the vicinity of a scar I never saw before
Last Line: But the ball coming full force
Subject(s): Fields; Play


ONE DAY WHEN WE WENT WALKING, by VALINE HOBBS    Poem Source                
Last Line: I'm going by myself!
Subject(s): Play


ONE PETITION LOFTED INTO THE GINGKOS, by GABRIEL GUDDING    Poem Source                
First Line: For the train-wrecked, the puck-struck
Last Line: To patch such dents and wounds
Subject(s): Play


OTHER HAND, by MARJORIE MADDOX    Poem Source                
First Line: What is %is another matter
Last Line: Turn the other way. %quick
Subject(s): Play


OUR GANG, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We've got a gang, and I belong
Last Line: Or all the rest, or me!
Subject(s): Boys; Brotherhood; Children; Friendship; Play; Childhood


OUR HOUSE (2), by EDGAR ALBERT GUEST    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We play at our house and have all sorts of fun
Last Line: He'd rather by far live at our house with us.
Alternate Author Name(s): Guest, Eddie
Subject(s): Home; Play


OUTDOOR PLAY: 1. THE ROSETTE, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: The rosette is hiding round
Last Line: Or else stay seated on the ground
Subject(s): Play


OUTDOOR PLAY: 2. THE CIRCLE OF ST. MICHAEL, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: If you join st. Michael's ring
Last Line: Let___turn to be a donkey
Subject(s): Play


OUTDOOR PLAY: 3. MARIA BLANCA, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Maria blanca here we hold
Last Line: "the couple: it's made of gold, and will not break"
Subject(s): Play


OUTDOOR PLAY: 4. MATA-LI-RI-LI, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: We are sent by the count
Last Line: Mata-li-ri-li-ri-lion
Subject(s): Play


OUTLAWS' CASTLE, by JAMES SUTHERLAND-SMITH    Poem Source                
First Line: We go there when the wood ant nests
Last Line: Who was smith? I say. You do not reply
Subject(s): Castles; Play


OZARK ODES: GIRLHOOD, by CAROLYN D. WRIGHT    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Mother had one. She and bernice racing for the river
Last Line: To hear what their paperdolls were fixing to say
Alternate Author Name(s): Wright, C. D.
Subject(s): Dolls; Play; Toys; Youth


PAPER AIRPLANE, by BRAD BURG    Poem Source                
First Line: I sent %it smooth- %ly
Last Line: In %tea- %cher's %hair?!
Subject(s): Play


PARENTHESIS INSERTS ITSELF INTO THE TRANSCRIPTS OF THE COMMITTEE, by GABRIEL GUDDING    Poem Source                
First Line: Senator (I have never lain with rubrics
Last Line: To appear before you %in this honored room
Subject(s): Play


PARTCH STATIONS: 13. HE SPEAKETH TO THE AUDIENCE, by JANET HOLMES    Poem Source                
First Line: The creative artist acquires a shade of anarchism
Last Line: But something that will agitate our cro-magnon genes
Subject(s): Music And Musicians; Play


PATCH AV GREEN AN' FIELD AV CORN, by AGNES ITA HANRAHAN    Poem Text                
First Line: Ay, a field av goold corn jist ferenst a wee green
Last Line: For wee childer's all ris up an' reapin' the day!
Subject(s): Death - Children; Flowers; Play; Roses; Death - Babies


PATIO PLAY: 1, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: The old fat hen of yesterday
Last Line: "josefita, josefon?"
Subject(s): Play


PATIO PLAY: 2, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Chirp little rooster
Last Line: And make him fly
Subject(s): Play


PATIO PLAY: 3, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: The setting hen is cackling now
Last Line: "she laid three, etc"
Subject(s): Play


PATIO PLAY: 4, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Pi-pe-re-peen of san augustine
Last Line: And said that you must stand this way
Subject(s): Play


PATIO PLAY: 5, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "pulling and pushing, my kingdom was won"
Last Line: Push! Pull! Etc
Subject(s): Play


PATIO PLAY: 6, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Mother and daughter went to mass
Last Line: "count sixteen, I think you ought to."
Subject(s): Play


PATIO PLAY: 7, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "eno, eno, juan coqueno"
Last Line: "twenty-four, you've counted well"
Subject(s): Play


PEAR TREE, by E. ELIZABETH LONGWELL    Poem Source                
First Line: I love our old pear tree
Last Line: For me and the bears
Subject(s): Pear Trees; Play; Trees


PIN THE TAIL ON THE DONKEY, by BRAD BURG    Poem Source                
First Line: Yes! Yes!
Last Line: Yes, yes! Okay!... You won! Hurray!
Subject(s): Play


PIRATE'S CAVE, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Under the table when dinner's through
Last Line: And mother she gets the crew!
Subject(s): Children; Imagination; Pirates; Play; Childhood; Fancy; Piracy; Buccaneers


PLAY, by CHARLES STUART CALVERLEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Play, play, while as yet it is day
Last Line: Should he confound you, it's only in play.
Subject(s): Play


PLAYGROUNDS, by LAWRENCE ALMA-TADEMA    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In summer I am very glad
Subject(s): Play


PLAYING CATCH, by KEITH MOUL    Poem Source                
First Line: The instant released, it spins
Last Line: Moodily wakes, wants to cry: %we have broken into dreams
Subject(s): Play


PLAYING CATCH, by BILL SWEENEY    Poem Source                
First Line: A hospital in a river city
Last Line: And that the baby's first cry %is surely one of joy and return
Subject(s): Birth; Play


PLAYING DOCTOR, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Some day I'll be a doctor-man
Last Line: By bringing aunty from the hall.
Subject(s): Children; Physicians; Play; Childhood; Doctors


PLAYING FIELD IN KIERI, by NIKOS-ALEXIS ASLANOGLOU    Poem Source                
First Line: Whoever took refuge in my intoxicated soul while looking for
Last Line: It is a playing field washed by rain that shelters me
Subject(s): Play; Soul


PLAYING IN THE BARN, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The barn's the nicest place to play
Last Line: That flies as high as anything!
Subject(s): Barns; Boys; Play


PLAYING LADY, by BELLE RICHARDSON HARRISON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I want to p'ay lady, dear mamma
Last Line: "it b'longs on the bare headed one."
Subject(s): Children; Mothers; Play; Childhood


PLAYING WITH FIRE, by ELIZABETH TURNER (1755-1846)    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The friends of little mary green
Last Line: Again, before she died!
Subject(s): Accidents; Death - Children; Fire; Girls; Play; Death - Babies


POOR CHILDREN AT LAKE ERIE', by ED OCHESTER    Poem Source                
Last Line: Had brought back from italy %after the war
Subject(s): Children; Play


POOR LITTLE COQUETTE!, by FRANCISCA VALLEJO MCGETTIGAN    Poem Text                
First Line: Your mouth is as crimson, as crimson as sin!
Last Line: Poor little coquette!
Subject(s): Play


PRAYERS, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When it is bedtime, every day
Last Line: There is so little that they need.
Subject(s): Children; Dolls; Play; Toys; Childhood


PRETTY NEARLY EVERYBODY, by ANNETTE WYNNE    Poem Text                
First Line: Pretty nearly everybody has some fun each day
Last Line: Yet I've never heard of mothers going out to play
Subject(s): Mothers; Play


PSALM, by CONNIE VOISINE    Poem Source                
First Line: In the morning, you are the birds I have no names for
Last Line: Is lips against the bitten sky, %is the hand pounding at my door
Subject(s): Play


PUSSY WILLOW DAYS, by ANNETTE WYNNE    Poem Text                
First Line: Birds and pussies in a tree
Last Line: In the shining weather.
Subject(s): April; Birds; Children; Friendship; Play; Spring; Weather; Willow Trees; Childhood


READING PHYSICS, by JOSIE KEARNS    Poem Source                
First Line: It's like a secret code you knew
Last Line: Another way, your life has a solution some other %continuum could tell you
Subject(s): Children; Memory; Play


READY-MADE BOUQUET, by DEAN YOUNG    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It's supposed to be spring but the sky
Subject(s): Play


READY-MADE BOUQUET, by DEAN YOUNG    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It's supposed to be spring but the sky
Last Line: We think of it as a giant rose, %not a tiny room
Subject(s): Play


REBECCA AT PLAY, by MILLER WILLIAMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: She lies in the grass and spreads her golden hair
Subject(s): Girls; Play; Self


RIDDLE, by SYLVIA K. POLIKOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: In tibet %land of snow
Last Line: Riddle of karma %play with their toys
Subject(s): Play; Tibet


RIGHT CONDUCT, by JAMES TATE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A boy and a girl were playing together
Subject(s): Children; Play; Childhood


RIGHT CONDUCT, by JAMES TATE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A boy and a girl were playing together
Last Line: They could already faintly hear their mother scolding them
Subject(s): Children; Play


RING-A-RING, by KATE GREENAWAY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ring-a-ring of little boys
Last Line: And you won't catch me!
Subject(s): Children; Play; Childhood


RINGS, by WILLIAM BARNES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A veairy ring so round's the zun
Last Line: On elem boughs, on mossy limbs.
Subject(s): Games; Play; Wheels; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


RITUAL TWO, by DAVID IGNATOW    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The kids yell and paint their bodies
Last Line: Bang against each other, scream and scatter
Subject(s): Children; Nothingness; Play


ROGER FRANCIS, by WILFRID CHARLES THORLEY    Poem Source                
First Line: Roger francis %isn't quick
Last Line: With a rod, a net, %and a pickle-jar
Subject(s): Play; Schools


ROLLING DOWNHILL, by BRAD BURG    Poem Source                
First Line: Green %green
Last Line: Blue %blue %through
Subject(s): Play


ROSEBUD'S FIRST BALL, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "tis really time you were out, I think"
Last Line: "he's very nice, but inclined to be wild"
Subject(s): Children;play; Childhood


SAILING, by DOROTHY ALLEN    Poem Text                
First Line: Swiftly cutting through the water
Last Line: Nor sigh; but sing and laugh with me.
Subject(s): Boats; Play; Sailing & Sailors; Sports; Waves; Seamen; Sails


SAND CASTLE, by BRAD BURG    Poem Source                
First Line: Here was %a tower
Last Line: ...For a while; till the %then! Oh well, %and do it all again
Subject(s): Play


SANDSTONE / BUTTERFLY, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
Last Line: Whoever lets go %will be cursed
Subject(s): Children; Igede (african People); Play


SAVED BY MUSIC, by WILLIAM MCGONAGALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: At one time, in america, many years ago
Last Line: And they released him from his dangerous position without delay.
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Play; Sound


SCRIPT MIST, by ANSELM HOLLO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Hang on to moment, naked, fair
Last Line: In the great carpentry
Subject(s): Epitaphs; Screen Writing; Writing & Writers; Motion Pictures - Play Writing


SEQUEL TO A SHARP TURN, by ANNE WALDMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Enter / swallow / each calling
Subject(s): Film (photography); Italy; Screen Writing; Sea Voyages; Travel; Writing & Writers; Italians; Motion Pictures - Play Writing; Journeys; Trips


SHE DIED AT PLAY, by EMILY DICKINSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
Last Line: Her countenance as spray
Subject(s): Death; Play


SHORT STORY, by BRENDAN KENNELLY    Poem Source                
First Line: Billy bunter and jane austen
Last Line: Hates being a child
Subject(s): Austen, Jane (1775-1817); Novels And Novelists; Play; Youth


SKIPPING, by BRAD BURG    Poem Source                
First Line: Left %foot %I %here
Last Line: Go %now, %right %foot
Subject(s): Play


SKIPPING SONG, by ISABEL ECCLESTONE MACKAY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Skippety skip, skippety skip!
Last Line: And isn't skipping easy?
Subject(s): Children; Games; Play; Rope; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


SKIPPING STONES, by BRAD BURG    Poem Source                
First Line: Grip %skip
Last Line: Skip %tip %dip!
Subject(s): Play


SLIDE, by BRAD BURG    Poem Source                
First Line: I %climb... %and then %I climb
Last Line: Slide and %then I %stop
Subject(s): Play


SNIFF, by FRANCES MARY FROST    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When school is out, we love to follow
Last Line: And poke our noses into flowers!
Subject(s): Play; Schools; Smells


SOCCER, by BRAD BURG    Poem Source                
First Line: Kick %kick, %kick %kick, %kick %and pass
Last Line: ...A goal!
Subject(s): Play


SOFTBALL, by BRAD BURG    Poem Source                
First Line: Suppose one pops
Last Line: It's the best-if not, %the worst %place %!
Subject(s): Play


SOME OTHER TIME, by DOUGLAS MALLOCH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I told him we our game would play
Last Line: Some other time that never came.
Subject(s): Automobile Accidents; Play; Stillbirth; Death - Childbirth


SONATA AT PAYNE HOLLOW, by WENDELL BERRY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We never stopped here before
Last Line: Out of all the time we were apart
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Play


SONATA AT PAYNE HOLLOW, by WENDELL BERRY    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We never stopped here before
Last Line: Out of all the time we lived apart
Subject(s): Music And Musicians; Play


SONGS, by ANNETTE WYNNE    Poem Text                
First Line: The brook has a way to spend the day
Last Line: Says the bird.
Subject(s): Children; Play; Summer; Childhood


SONGS OF PLAY: BLIND MAN'S BUFF, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: I go a-hunting a copper fly
Last Line: "hunt you may, but you'll never come nigh"
Subject(s): Play


SONGS OF PLAY: TORTOISE IN THE RING, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "turtle-tortle, what dost thou there?"
Last Line: He drove a white horse and went splash in the sea
Subject(s): Play


SONNETS OF ABEL SHUFFLEBOTTOM: 1. DELIA AT PLAY, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: She held a cup and ball of ivory white
Last Line: Who on that dart impales my bosom's gem?
Subject(s): Beauty; Desire; Man-woman Relationships; Play; Sonnet (as Literary Form); Women; Male-female Relations


STEVENS, by W. J. KEITH    Poem Source                
First Line: His first love was a flower with a withered petal
Last Line: Winter: children build in the cemetery %a portly snowman beside a large grave
Subject(s): Children; Death; Play


STRATEGIC, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Whenever I am playing, and I want to rest a bit
Last Line: And rest as hard as possible to last me through the day.
Subject(s): Children; Play; Rest; Childhood


SWING, by BRAD BURG    Poem Source                
First Line: From way %back here %down through
Last Line: Where %my %feet %can %touch %the sky!
Subject(s): Play


TAG, by BRAD BURG    Poem Source                
First Line: You're it!
Last Line: You're it! O...Kay
Subject(s): Play


TAKING A SNOW BATH, by SHARON CHMIELARZ    Poem Source                
First Line: It's simple when there's powder snow
Last Line: But the wingmarks, precise as knifecuts %and the bad blood, pure
Subject(s): Play; Snow


TEA-PARTIES, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I should enjoy, if I was let
Last Line: As those of other girls I know!)
Subject(s): Children; Food & Eating; Imagination; Play; Tea; Childhood; Fancy


TENNIS WITHOUT A NET, by KEN WALDMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: Courts finally empty, everyone gone
Last Line: Disappeared in the unlit july night
Subject(s): Play; Summer; Tennis


THE CHANGELING, by THOMAS MCGRATH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Squatting, serious
Last Line: These little boys can never, never return
Subject(s): Change; Children; Growth; Play; Childhood


THE CHILD ALONE: 7. THE LAND OF STORY-BOOKS, by ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: At evening when the lamp is lit
Last Line: At my dear land of story-books.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stevenson, Robert Lewis Balfour
Subject(s): Books; Children; Mothers; Play; Reading; Childhood


THE CHILDREN'S KING, by AMOS RUSSEL WELLS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There once was a merry old monarch
Last Line: Makes a pretty good ruler of men.
Subject(s): Play


THE COMMON LOT, by ANNA HEMPSTEAD BRANCH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The sheets on which I rest at night
Last Line: Are sleepy fine and drowsy white.
Subject(s): Children; Play; Childhood


THE DIZZY GIRL, by ELIZABETH TURNER (1755-1846)    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: As frances was playing and turning around
Last Line: "or perhaps it had never been well."
Subject(s): Girls; Play


THE ECHOING GREEN, FR. SONGS OF INNOCENCE, by WILLIAM BLAKE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The sun does arise, / and make happy the skies
Last Line: On the darkening green.
Subject(s): Bible; Children; Mythology; Night; Play; Childhood; Bedtime


THE FLUTE, by PIERRE LOUIS    Poem Text                
First Line: For the festival of the hyacinths, he gave me a syrinx
Last Line: The girdle I have lost.
Alternate Author Name(s): Louys, Pierre
Subject(s): Festivals; Flutes; Music & Musicians; Play; Singing & Singers; Fairs; Pageants; Songs


THE GAIETY OF FORM, by ROBERT BLY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: How sweet to weight the line with all these vowels
Subject(s): Comfort; Creative Ability; Play; Pleasure; Vowels; Inspiration; Creativity


THE GAME, by OLIVE TILFORD DARGAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis played with eyes; one uttered word
Last Line: My own to play again.
Alternate Author Name(s): Burke, Fielding
Subject(s): Eyes; Games; Play; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


THE GIFT OF PLAY, by EDGAR ALBERT GUEST    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Some have the gift of song and some possess the gift of silver speech
Last Line: Defy the withering blasts of age because they have the gift of play.
Alternate Author Name(s): Guest, Eddie
Subject(s): Play


THE GLORY OF THE GAME, by WILLIAM HAMILTON CLINE    Poem Text                
First Line: A song to the football players
Last Line: And the honors and glories he bears!
Subject(s): Football; Games; Play; Sports; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


THE HOLLOW, by HUMBERT WOLFE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: No one plays in the hollow. Here / are no explorers. The traders in fur
Last Line: No one plays there -- except the wind.
Subject(s): Play


THE HOLLY ON THE WALL, by WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES    Poem Text                
First Line: Play, little children, one and all
Last Line: For holly, holly on the wall.
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Christmas; Holly; Play; Nativity, The


THE HOYDEN, by ELIZABETH TURNER (1755-1846)    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Miss agnes had two or three dolls, and a box
Last Line: That she never will play with rude boys any more
Subject(s): Boys; Girls; Play


THE LAND OF COUNTERPANE, by ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When I was sick and lay a-bed
Last Line: The pleasant land of counterpane.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stevenson, Robert Lewis Balfour
Variant Title(s): A Child's Garden Of Verses: 16
Subject(s): Beds; Children; Play; Sickness; Childhood; Illness


THE LITTLE PLANT ON THE WINDOW SPEAKS, by ANNETTE WYNNE    Poem Text                
First Line: If you had let me stay all winter long / outside
Last Line: And great big gardens call you out to play.
Subject(s): Children; Gardens & Gardening; January; Plants; Play; Childhood; Planting; Planters


THE LONG AFTERNOON, by LOUIS SIMPSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Behind the glass door
Last Line: Dear brother, I do!
Subject(s): Dolls; Time; Play


THE LOST CHILDREN, by GREGORY ORR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Years ago, as dusk seeped from the blue
Last Line: Eidolons, adrift on the night air.
Subject(s): Children; Games; Loss; Play; Childhood; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


THE MONARCH, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I am lord of the land and the sea
Last Line: Weird creatures of cotton and bran.
Subject(s): Children; Play; Childhood


THE MUD CAKE, by BELLE RICHARDSON HARRISON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Little drops of water
Last Line: Of sweet felicity.
Subject(s): Babies; Dirt; Play; Infants


THE ONLY CHILD, by KATHARINE TYNAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Lest he miss other children, lo!
Last Line: His happy mother's tears and prayers.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hinkson, Katharine Tynan
Subject(s): Angels; Children; Play; Childhood


THE PLAY-SPRITE, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Slim woodland faun who stands upon the brink
Last Line: On that gay sprite of yours whose name is play.
Subject(s): Children; Play; Childhood


THE PLAYER, by PERCY MACKAYE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: His wardrobe is the world, and day and night
Last Line: Between the two he stands, timeless — the poet-player.
Alternate Author Name(s): Mackaye, Percy Wallace
Subject(s): Dramatists; Play; Plays & Playwrights; Poetry & Poets; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Theater & Theaters


THE PLAYMATE, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I barked beneath his window, 'come and play!'
Last Line: There's nothing left to do but wait—and wait.
Subject(s): Animals; Children; Dogs; Pets; Play; Childhood


THE PRELUDE: BOOK 1. CHILDHOOD AND SCHOOL-TIME, by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH    Poem Text     Poem Explanation             Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh there is blessing in this gentle breeze
Last Line: This labour will be welcome, honoured friend!
Subject(s): Children; Play; Schools; Childhood; Students


THE RIDER, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We've rode a thousand miles or more
Last Line: I don't get very far away.
Subject(s): Children; Play; Childhood


THE SWING, by PORTIA MARTIN    Poem Text                
First Line: Jared ran under me
Last Line: With johnny's hair purple and red in the sun.
Subject(s): Play; Swings


THE TOY SOLDIERS, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Sleep on, little boy, and sleep secure
Last Line: Sleep, then, for we all keep guard.
Subject(s): Boys; Children; Play; Toys; Childhood


THERE'S SO MUCH IN THE WORLD TO PLAY, by ANNETTE WYNNE    Poem Text                
Last Line: One cannot finish in a day
Subject(s): Play


TIC-TAC-TOE, by BRAD BURG    Poem Source                
First Line: So I hopped up %to the corner
Last Line: Her 2nd x %made me stop
Subject(s): Play


TODAY, by ISABEL ECCLESTONE MACKAY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It is so nice to have today
Last Line: All peeking out and peeking in!
Subject(s): Children; Play; Time; Childhood


TOP-TIME, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I wisht I knew what makes the top-time come
Last Line: Each time I spin 'er on the kitchen floor.
Subject(s): Children; Play; Toys; Childhood


TREE HOUSE, by DAVID WAGONER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Last spring a neighbor boy / nailed up a house in a tree
Subject(s): Houses; Play; Trees; Youth


TWO BOYS PLAYING CATCH, by JAY MEEK    Poem Source                
First Line: What the blood knows about sickness and reslience
Last Line: The seams, and chucks it home, true, true once more
Subject(s): Boys; Play


UNDER MY WINDOW, by THOMAS WESTWOOD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Under my window, under my window, / all in the midsummer weather
Last Line: And I give her all my roses.
Subject(s): Play


VENUS'S-FLYTRAPS, by YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA    Poem Text             Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: I am five
Alternate Author Name(s): Brown, James Willie, Jr.
Subject(s): Play


VENUS'S-FLYTRAPS, by YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I am five
Last Line: My playhouse is underneath %our house, & I hear people %telling each other secrets
Alternate Author Name(s): Brown, James Willie, Jr.
Subject(s): Play


VOYAGE OF JIMMY POO, by JAMES ANDREW EMANUEL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A soapship went a-rocking
Last Line: The next time you go sailing %beyond enamel shore
Subject(s): Baths And Bathing; Play


WHAT'S THE USE?, by BURGES JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What's the use o' growin' up?
Last Line: What's the use?
Subject(s): Aging; Children; Play; Childhood


WHEN A BOY PLAYS IN THE YARD, by ANNETTE WYNNE    Poem Text                
Last Line: For fear some folks are reading
Subject(s): Boys; Play; Home Life; Manners


WHEN CHILDREN PLAY AND ROMP ABOUT, by ANNETTE WYNNE    Poem Text                
Last Line: Dear children, come, pick me, pick me
Subject(s): Children; Play


WHEN DAYS ARE CRISP AND BRIGHT, by ANNETTE WYNNE    Poem Text                
Last Line: To have a white, white world!
Subject(s): Snow; Play


WHEN THE CAT IS AWAY, THE MICE MAY PLAY, by MATTHEW PRIOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A lady once (so stories say
Last Line: Lest she again repent it.
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Duplicity; Fables; Mice; Play; Deceit; Allegories


WHERE CUPID DWELLS, by ROBERT LOUIS MUNGER    Poem Text                
First Line: Way over the seas, in a far, far land
Last Line: When he rests over there from his play. Don't you?
Subject(s): Cupid; Play; Eros


WHO IS SHE KIDDING, by LYNN EMANUEL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Who is she kidding? Who is she
Subject(s): Play


WHO IS SHE KIDDING, by LYNN EMANUEL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Who is she kidding? Who is she
Last Line: Snow to the eskimos; this is america, %honey, we don't need any damned artichokes
Subject(s): Play


WITH GLEAMING SAIL, by EVELYN GAIL GARDINER    Poem Text                
First Line: Speeding before the gale
Last Line: Who would be other than gayest of gay?
Subject(s): Play; Sailing & Sailors; Sports; Waves; Seamen; Sails


WOODEN SWORD, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Some days I take my bokken
Last Line: My best friends. %how I pray
Subject(s): Imagination; Play


WRITTEN ON SEEING HER TWO SONS AT PLAY, by HENRIETTA O'NEILL    Poem Text                
First Line: Sweet age of blest illusion! Blooming boys
Last Line: Where grief is sure, but happiness deceit!
Alternate Author Name(s): Boyle, Henrietta
Subject(s): Play; Sons


XAIPE: 67, by EDWARD ESTLIN CUMMINGS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When faces called flowers float out of the ground
Last Line: (all the mountains are dancing;are dancing
Alternate Author Name(s): Cummings, E. E.
Subject(s): Play