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, by LAURE-ANNE BOSSELAAR    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The drop caught / in the curl behind your left ear lobe
Last Line: Tip of my tongue.
Subject(s): Bodies; Details; Love - Erotic; Man-woman Relationships; Shaving; Water; Zen Buddhism; Things; Male-female Relations


"RARE WILLIE DROWNED IN YARROW, OR, THE WATER O GAMRIE", by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: "willy's rare, and willy's fair"
Last Line: She found him drown'd in yarrow
Subject(s): "drowning;yarrow (water), Scotland;


33, by JOEL BETTRIDGE    Poem Source            
First Line: Up stains hem of sky
Last Line: Hope the rain stops soon
Subject(s): Rain; Water


A DIVER, by CHARLES WHARTON STORK    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Firm and erect on the board she stands
Last Line: Flashes the pink of a laughing face.
Subject(s): Diving & Divers; Water


A FLAKE OF FOAM, by LAVINIA R. CLARK    Poem Text            
First Line: In the seething foam I am tossed on the height of the waves
Last Line: Oh! The turquoise sky that I love!
Subject(s): Bubbles; Sea; Water; Ocean


A MUSE OF WATER, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We who must act as handmaidens
Last Line: Is water deep enough to drown.
Subject(s): Literary Form; Lowell, Robert (1917-1977); Man-woman Relationships; Muses; Sea; Water; Women; Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Ocean; Feminism


A PARAPHRASE ON THE 13TH ODE OF THE 3RD BOOK OF HORACE, by THOMAS WARTON THE ELDER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: While sol with thee, dear fountain, plays
Last Line: While you reign each a naïad of the stream.
Subject(s): Fountains; Nature; Praise; Water; Youth


A PLAIN ORDINARY STEEL NEEDLE CAN FLOAT ON PURE WATER, by KAY RYAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
Subject(s): Water


A PSALM OF THE WATERS, by SILAS WEIR MITCHELL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Lo! This is a psalm of the waters
Last Line: Cries, enter, and share with thy servant!
Subject(s): Nature; Sea; Water; Ocean


A SWIMMER'S DREAM, by ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Dawn is dim on the dark soft water
Last Line: And here to south of them swells the sea.
Subject(s): Autumn; Dawn; Dreams; Seasons; Swimming & Swimmers; Water; Fall; Sunrise; Nightmares; Swimmers


A WET EVENING, by JANE BARLOW    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The silvern circle of this summer lake
Last Line: With morn may kindle again.
Subject(s): Harvest; Mist; Rain; Water; Weather


ABBOTT'S LAGOON, by DENNIS SCHMITZ    Poem Source            
First Line: The storm's still everywhere I run [or, step]
Last Line: & trot into another morning's workout
Subject(s): Lagoons; Sea; Storms; Water


ABOVE AND BELOW, by BRENDAN KENNELLY    Poem Source            
First Line: Water from the well
Last Line: Poison struts on top
Subject(s): Innocence; Poisons And Poisoning; Water; Wells


ABSENCE OF WATER, by TERRY ANN THAXTON    Poem Source            
First Line: From a prairie of white egrets
Last Line: A door must first be opened. %the moon undresses the lake
Subject(s): Absence; Water


ACROSS THE BAY, by NAOMI SHIHAB NYE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: If we throw our eyes way out to sea
Last Line: That boat.
Subject(s): Absence; Boats; Mothers; Sea; Water; Separation; Isolation; Ocean


ADVENTURE WITH SKY, by JESSIE M. DOWLIN    Poem Text            
First Line: Dusk crept out from the woods to the water
Last Line: The fawn bent down and sampled sky!
Subject(s): Dusk; Forests; Sky; Water; Woods


ADVERTISEMENT, by ALFRED FRANCIS KREYMBORG    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We want a man of forty for the job
Last Line: We want such a man for the job.
Subject(s): Advertising; Labor & Laborers; Memory; Water; Work; Workers


AFTER PUMPING, by JOHN KINSELLA    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: In summer when the day
Last Line: Always away from %the green incursion
Subject(s): Nature; Summer; Water


AFTER THE FLOOD, by WILLIAM STANLEY MERWIN    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: The morning it was over, I walked
Last Line: What sort of drunken creature had passed there
Alternate Author Name(s): Merwin, W. S.
Subject(s): Floods; Rivers; Water


AFTER THE RAIN, by EDWARD SAPIR    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The elves peep through the ferny copse
Last Line: And under the rainbow arch is gone.
Subject(s): Nature; Rain; Water


AFTER THE SHIPWRECK, by ALICIA SUSKIN OSTRIKER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Lost, drifting, on the current, as the sun pours down
Subject(s): Disasters; Shipwrecks; Water


AFTER THE SHIPWRECK, by ALICIA SUSKIN OSTRIKER    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Lost, drifting, on the current, as the sun pours down
Last Line: To coat us with salt, we stop talking. We try to remember
Subject(s): Disasters; Shipwrecks; Water


AGUA DE VIOLETAS, by PEG BOYERS    Poem Source            
First Line: Agua de violetas, eau de violettes
Last Line: Aqua de mi alma, drink me back
Subject(s): Water


ALGAE, by JANE YOLEN    Poem Source            
First Line: Pond scum
Last Line: Greengrocers. %life
Subject(s): Water


ALLEGORY OF WATERS, by DEBORAH GORLIN    Poem Source            
First Line: As she neared the traffic light on I-17
Last Line: Like the spongy brain in fluid, suspended in the head, %in a body 90 percent water
Subject(s): Bodies; Water


ALMOST NOON, by JAMES GALVIN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The water, you remember / was so cold it took our breath
Subject(s): Sun; Water


ALONG THE WALLAWHATOOLA, by MARY STUART WAMSLEY    Poem Text            
First Line: What wondrous sights - what gorgeous scenes
Last Line: A singing, winding water -- wallawhatoola!
Subject(s): Wallawhatoola River, Virginia; Water


ALPHA, by AMANDA PECOR    Poem Source            
First Line: I was nowhere
Last Line: We're swimming up our river %as if water had a home
Subject(s): Rivers; Swimming; Water


AMSTEL DIKE NEAR TROMPENBURG, C. 1649-50, by CHARLES WYATT    Poem Source            
First Line: The dike is a road which curves gently away
Last Line: He draws, and stays behind, over and again
Subject(s): Drawing; Rembrandt Harmensz Van Riij (1606-1669); Roads; Water Supply


AN EASY REMEMDY, by HORACE SMITH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: An honest tailor, whose baptismal
Last Line: "why don't you warm it?"
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Horatio
Subject(s): Cold; Drinks & Drinking; Marriage; Water; Wine; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


AN OLD SAYING, by ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Many waters cannot quench love
Last Line: As a seal upon thine arm.
Subject(s): Love; Soul; Water


APOLOGUE: THE THOUGHT SUGGESTED BY A SPANISH SAYING, by LETITIA ELIZABETH LANDON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Seek for me in the arab maid's bower
Last Line: Parted once, we part for ever.
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia
Subject(s): Air; Fire; Shame; Water


APPARITION, by MAX GARLAND    Poem Source            
First Line: That's the moon come down to drink
Last Line: Somewhere deep, quick and moonlike
Subject(s): Ghosts; Moon; Supernatural; Water


AQUARIUM, by RAFAEL ESTRADA    Poem Source            
First Line: Water tends to occupy the spaces love cannot reach
Last Line: The sea is afraid of falling into the earth
Subject(s): Disasters; Rain; Shipwrecks; Survival; Thirst; Water


AQUEOUS HUMOR, by DEBORAH GORLIN    Poem Source            
First Line: At bottom, the world is water
Last Line: High up, we swim in lanes in our bright tank suits
Subject(s): Humor; Language; Water


AS RIVERS OF WATER IN A DRY PLACE, by ANNA BUNSTON DE BARY    Poem Text            
First Line: Lonely, lonely lay the hill
Last Line: Fresh as god's latest word!
Subject(s): Brooks; Nature; Water; Streams; Creeks


AT BREAK OF DAY -- I WAS STILL ASLEEP, by FIAMA HASSE PAIS BRANDAO    Poem Source            
Last Line: That had shattered the enigma of images
Subject(s): Morning; Sleep; Water


AT BROAD RIPPLE, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah, luxury! Beyond the heat
Last Line: And feel the best of life is mine.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Calm; Nature; Rivers; Water; Placid; Undisturbed; Tranquility


AT THE SPRINGS OF THE CLITUMNUS, by GIOSUE CARDUCCI    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Even today from the hill, whose back ripples
Last Line: And panting to put new industries in train, %an engine whistles
Subject(s): Landscape; Springs (water)


AUBADE FROM INSIDE THE WATER, by CHRISTIAN HAWKEY    Poem Source            
First Line: Here is an atlas of your memory
Last Line: A bird that moves through the forest %breaking everything in sight
Subject(s): Birds; Children; Memory; Water


AYIASMA, by GUNNAR EKELOF    Poem Source            
First Line: A one-eyed prison-warder
Last Line: This possible evil %was sufficient according to our measure
Subject(s): Water


BABBLING BROOK, by MARILYN SINGER    Poem Source            
First Line: The brook it really babbles
Last Line: It would be grand to understand %and speak with it in brookish
Subject(s): Water


BAPTIST, by CHRISTOPHER PRESFIELD    Poem Source            
First Line: In my youth, there were nine %sources of water on hand: three
Last Line: How the mountain showed its wound
Subject(s): Water


BARTON SPRINGS, by TONY HOAGLAND    Poem Text         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh life, how I loved your cold spring mornings of putting my stuff in
Last Line: There just might be time to catch up on praise
Subject(s): Springs (water); Swimming And Swimmers; Cancer (disease)


BATH, by JANE YOLEN    Poem Source            
First Line: Listen to the water
Last Line: And a single yellow duckie
Subject(s): Water


BELLEVUE EXCHANGE, by NORMAN DUBIE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A large man rowing in a white tub
Last Line: To the floor. The water climbing for him.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Fantasy; Fog; Imagination; Water; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Haze; Fancy


BETWEEN HINGHAM AND BRAINTREE, by ARTHUR W. UPSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Between braintree and hingham
Last Line: On the full flood tide!
Subject(s): Floods; Rain; Storms; Water


BLACK LAGOON, by BRYAN D. DIETRICH    Poem Source            
First Line: Living, he'd found, was about breathing. Deep
Last Line: As long in this earth as the deep and its two %new faces would allow
Subject(s): Animals; Black (color); Water


BLUE HOLE, by ROBERT MORGAN    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: The deepest pool in green river
Last Line: Between local pool, high ocean
Subject(s): Lakes; Water


BODIES OF WATER, by GREG WILLIAMSON    Poem Source            
First Line: Yes, but the body is made of water. That's
Last Line: And hundreds of miles of water.
Subject(s): Bodies; Water


BODY OF WATER, BODY OF FIRE, by TOM HANSEN    Poem Source            
First Line: Water wants to get
Last Line: Or show us the way
Subject(s): Bodies; Fire; Water


BRIGHT WATER FOR ME!, by JAMES P. CRAWFORD    Poem Text            
First Line: O! Come, come with me to the stream in the glade
Last Line: And our drink the cool water, pure water shall be.
Subject(s): Brooks; Water; Streams; Creeks


BROKEN LINE, by ANDRE BRETON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: We the dry bread and water in the prisons of the sky
Last Line: The belly of our words is golden tonight and naught any longer is in vain.
Subject(s): Boats; Mourning; Prisons & Prisoners; Water; Bereavement; Convicts


BROOKLYN WATERFALL, by MICHAEL WATERS    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Water where you least expect it
Last Line: Where it waits for us, %not needing forgiveness
Subject(s): Rain; Water; Waterfalls


BUCKETS, by RON PADGETT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Of rain
Last Line: We win
Subject(s): Rain; Water


BURNING WATER, by MINNIE BRUCE PRATT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In the youtube video a man flips a lighter, flare
Subject(s): Water


BY THIS CREEK, THIS OTTER CREEK, by DONALD EVERETT AXINN    Poem Source            
First Line: The songs she weaves into chants
Last Line: Bury me here by her banks. %oh, bury me here
Subject(s): Brooks; Water


CA'LINE'S PRAYER, by LUCILLE CLIFTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I have got old
Last Line: And set me in the rivers of your glory
Subject(s): Deserts; Drought; Food & Eating; Rivers; Water


CA'LINE'S PRAYER, by LUCILLE CLIFTON    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: I have got old
Last Line: And set me in the rivers of your glory %ye ma jah
Subject(s): Deserts; Drought; Food And Eating; Rivers; Water


CANAL DU MIDI, by SARAH ROSSITER    Poem Source            
First Line: We enter, and doors lock behind us
Last Line: Rising, to where all waters meet as one?
Subject(s): Boats; Canals; Death; Water


CASIDA OF THE GOLDEN GIRL, by FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA    Poem Source            
First Line: The golden girl %was bathing in the water
Last Line: And the water turned her gold
Subject(s): Water; Youth


CASIDA OF THE ONE WOUNDED BY WATER, by FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA    Poem Source            
First Line: I want to go down to the well,
Last Line: That I may see the one wounded by water
Subject(s): Death - Children; Water


CASUALTIES: 19. THE FLOOD, by JOHN PEPPER CLARK    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: The rain of events pours down
Last Line: Who were at home on sea, air, and land
Alternate Author Name(s): Clark-bekederemo, J. P.; Clark, J. P.
Subject(s): Floods; Rain; Umbrellas; Water


CHILDREN OF BARCELONA, by ANDREA MOORHEAD    Poem Source            
First Line: Clouds moving in, the sun still warm and mild behind the air
Last Line: Gold eyes of atlantic waters, a path beyond the longing flesh, %beyond the sweet fragrance of summer
Subject(s): Barcelona, Spain; Sea; Water


CINEMATOGRAPHER'S FARO ISLAND LOG, by CAROLYN D. WRIGHT    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Like so many stories this begins
Last Line: What is your favorite body of water. And why
Alternate Author Name(s): Wright, C. D.
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Marriage; Water


CITY RAIN, by BERNICE LESBIA KENYON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The skies are etched with traceries of grey
Last Line: Dashing its living wonder in our eyes.
Alternate Author Name(s): Gilkyson, Walter, Mrs.
Subject(s): Clouds; Rain; Water


CITY RIVER, by MARILYN SINGER    Poem Source            
First Line: Who could believe our sudden summer stream
Last Line: Otters play %each winter day?
Subject(s): Water


CLEPSYDRA, by CHARLES COTTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Why, let it run! Who bids it stay?
Last Line: Against a cannon-bullet.
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Water Clocks; Wine


COMPLETION, by VICTOR MARIE HUGO    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The brooklet fell from the crannied rock
Last Line: A drop of water good to drink.
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Rain; Sea; Spring; Water; Wine; Ocean


CONFESSION, by JAMES+(3) KOCH    Poem Source            
First Line: I'm in love with the morton salt girl
Last Line: And dream of skinny-dipping beneath the stars in vast salt seas
Subject(s): Love; Marriage; Salt; Swimming; Water


CONNOISSEUR'S GUIDE TO THE BAY AREA: 8. OLD PALO ALTO CLASSIC, by GILBERT SORRENTINO    Poem Source            
First Line: If you like you can sit out
Last Line: Space sort of live. Of course
Subject(s): Water


CONSOLATIONS OF WATER, by STEPHEN DOBYNS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Picking your way barefoot across the parking lot to the beach
Last Line: Soft hands seek to rub anger from stones
Subject(s): Seashore; Water


CONTRA MORTEM: THE WATER, by HAYDEN CARRUTH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The brook had been frozen almost everywhere. Mounds
Last Line: And singing singing so pleasantly in their flight
Subject(s): Water


COUNTING THE CHILDREN, by THEODORE DEPPE    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Five kids round up fiddler crabs into blue
Last Line: There's nothing but water's nothing sound
Subject(s): Children; Medicine; Nurses; Seashore; Water


CROSSING A CANAL-LOCK, by JOSEPH U. HARRIS    Poem Text            
First Line: From this old canal-lock
Last Line: Over a corpse.
Alternate Author Name(s): Upper, Joseph
Subject(s): Canals; Water


CROSSING THE BRIDGE: 3, by HUGH HENNEDY    Poem Source            
First Line: Now as he watches water
Last Line: Who dove underground %years and years ago
Subject(s): Memory; Water


DANCING ON ROUGH WATER: FAMILY REUNION, by JAY P. WHITE    Poem Source            
First Line: After decades apart, they sail again on green water
Last Line: Their spitfire bite of cloud thinning as it fills
Subject(s): Reunions; Water


DANCING ON ROUGH WATER: THREE SISTERS ON ROUGH WATER, 1959, by JAY P. WHITE    Poem Source            
First Line: I see it at the last light-clustering wash of sleep
Last Line: While he sleeps in the play and service of their beauty
Subject(s): Sisters; Water


DEAD WATER, by WEN YI-TUO    Poem Source            
First Line: Here is a ditch of hopelessly dead water
Last Line: And see what kind of world comes out
Subject(s): Water


DEAD WATER, by WEN YI-TUO    Poem Source            
First Line: Here is a ditch of hopelessly dead water.
Last Line: And see what kind of world comes out
Subject(s): Ugliness; Water


DECEMBER STAR, by SHARON KOUROUS    Poem Source            
First Line: What the rock seeks to know the river
Last Line: Still sift of water past the unmoved shore %awakes the child whom distant stars adore
Subject(s): Knowledge; Seashore; Water


DEEP IN THE FOREST, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: Deep in the forest there is a pond
Last Line: "our brothers, even the birds and deer, / who always float down to us / with alarmed and startled ey
Variant Title(s): After The Anonymous Swedish; Seventeenth Century
Subject(s): Death;forests;lakes;water; "dead, The;woods;pools;ponds;


DESERT, by JOSEPHINE MILES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When with the skin you do acknowledge drought,
Subject(s): Deserts; Water


DICHTER-HERZ, by MOISHE NADIR    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I am the sand through which the waters of the spring
Last Line: As they drink the water I have made clear for them.
Subject(s): Seashore; Spring; Water; Beach; Coast; Shore


DIE KUCHE, by ALFRED FRANCIS KREYMBORG    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: She lets the hydrant water run
Last Line: She lets the hydrant water run.
Subject(s): Children; Tears; Water; Childhood


DISHES AND DASHES, by ARCHIE RANDOLPH AMMONS    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: I always wanted (when I was a boy - and even
Last Line: And join the praying crowd
Alternate Author Name(s): Ammons, A. R.
Subject(s): Dreams; Water


DRAWING WATER, by PHOEBE CARY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: He had drunk from founts of pleasure
Last Line: With a golden chain of prayer.
Subject(s): Life; Prayer; Thirst; Water


DRESS-UP, by MARILYN SINGER    Poem Source            
First Line: Each morning in the garden I watch the daily game
Last Line: So no tree is ever caught %in yesterday's old clothes
Subject(s): Water


EAR IN THE CLOCK: 2, by DURS GRUNBEIN    Poem Source            
First Line: All of a sudden the fish had to have mouth-to-mouth
Last Line: A sound in dreams is dead. Didn't you know?
Subject(s): Fishing And Fishermen; Time; Water


EMBROIDERY, by JANE YOLEN    Poem Source            
First Line: On this green loom
Last Line: This water lace %embroidery
Subject(s): Water


ENCOUNTER, by THOMAS MCGRATH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: At two thousand feet the sea wrinkles like an old man's hand
Last Line: The night stirred angrily like an old suspicion
Subject(s): Fog; Giants; Sea; Water; Haze; Ocean


ETTRICK BANKS, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source            
First Line: On ettrick banks in a summer's night
Subject(s): Ettrick Water, Scotland


EXTEMPORE EFFUSION UPON THE DEATH OF JAMES HOGG, by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When first, descending from the moorlands
Last Line: And ettrick mourns with her their poet dead.
Variant Title(s): Memories Of Departed Friends;on The Death Of James Of James Hogg
Subject(s): Hogg, James (1770-1835); Yarrow (water), Scotland


FAIR-WEATHER FRIEND, by MARILYN SINGER    Poem Source            
First Line: I'm a fair-weather friend to the rain
Last Line: I wish the rain would remember to come down %and play!
Subject(s): Water


FATHER UNDER WATER, by THEA SULLIVAN    Poem Source            
First Line: All day I watched you
Last Line: Like tools you'd forgotten how to use
Subject(s): Fathers; Water


FAUCET DRIPPING INTO A PAN, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
Last Line: The same sweet music
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Nature; Sound; Water


FIRST TRIMESTER, by THOM WARD    Poem Source            
First Line: Who knows where they begin
Last Line: The fast hooves of a boy's heart %over the ocean floor
Subject(s): Change; Pregnancy; Water


FISH, by OLIVER MURRAY EDWARDS    Poem Text            
First Line: There are sharks that swim in ocean
Last Line: And red when they are cooked.
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks; Fish & Fishing; Food & Eating; Sea; Sharks; Water; Cookery; Anglers; Ocean


FISHERIES SCIENTIST SIGHTS A LARGE SCHOOL OF MYTH SWIMMING IN..., by PETER MUNRO    Poem Source            
First Line: I cut the outboard %silence opens out
Last Line: The sudden strike flashed out of nowhere %and I am caught
Subject(s): Fishing And Fishermen; Mythology; Water; Winter


FLECKS OF FOAM, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
Last Line: The scripture of water
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Fountains; Nature; Water


FLOATER BEWARE, by DAVID DALE    Poem Source            
First Line: Jesus, old man, remember
Last Line: Where cilly creek flows in
Subject(s): Rivers; Water


FOR A FOREST WALKER, by WILLIAM ELLERY LEONARD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Quaff the mid-forest spring! Sink palms and knees
Last Line: Seven times repeated on the crimson air!
Subject(s): Forests; Springs (water); Woods


FOR THE LOVE OF GERALD FINZI: WATER, by MARY LEADER    Poem Source            
First Line: In whose motions children dance
Last Line: Send this woman this hour no barrier, %rain on slurry-gray waves.'
Subject(s): Water


FOR THE PLAN OF A FOUNTAIN, by MATTHEW PRIOR    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Ye active streams, where'er your waters flow
Last Line: Anna quid imperiis potuit, quid marlburus armis.
Subject(s): Danube (river); Fountains; Thames (river); Water


FOUNTAIN, by VYACHESLAV IVANOVICH IVANOV    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Clear the fountain waters glowing
Last Line: "for the stintless bucket fills."
Subject(s): Fountains; Springs (water)


FOUNTAINS IN THE SEA, by MARIN SORESCU    Poem Source            
First Line: Water: no matter how, there is still not enough
Last Line: Each one the other's phantom limb in the sea
Subject(s): Water


FOUR ELEMENTS: WATER, by BENJAMIN PERET    Poem Source            
First Line: In the form of rain, water becomes an
Last Line: That will be discussed later
Subject(s): Earth; Water


FROG PRINCE, by MARILYN SINGER    Poem Source            
First Line: Down under the wet %green
Last Line: This prince will never be %a frog
Subject(s): Water


FULL SWEET OF A TRUTH IS THE SPARKLE OF WINE, by SOLOMON IBN GABIROL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Ibn Gabirol; Solomon Ben Yehuda Ibn Gabirol
Subject(s): Wit & Humor; Wine; Water; Drinks & Drinking


GHAZAL FROM THE DROWNED CITY: LINES WRITTEN UNDER THE GILT AND ...., by JENNIFER ATKINSON    Poem Source            
First Line: I set myself adrift under the piecemeal, puzzled
Last Line: Who can keep strict account of all the tides have taken and given %these days?
Subject(s): Cities; Drowning; Water; Weather


GIRL BATHING, by JOHN PEPPER CLARK    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Her basket of cassava, set away from reach
Last Line: Your porcelain skin to tattoo beads of coral!
Alternate Author Name(s): Clark-bekederemo, J. P.; Clark, J. P.
Subject(s): Baths And Bathing; Seashore; Water


GLASS OF WATER, by CHARLES RAFFERTY    Poem Source            
First Line: A glass of water spilled into the sea
Last Line: Of water being spilled into the sea %soon to be vanished in that enormity
Subject(s): History; Loss; Sea; Water


GOB-NY-USHTEY (WATER'S MOUTH), by THOMAS EDWARD BROWN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I saw a little stream today
Last Line: What manners of th' extremely early gods?
Alternate Author Name(s): Brown, T. E.
Subject(s): Springs (water)


GOD OF THE SEA GREETS BRAN IN THE LAND OF THE WAVES, by SEAMUS HEANEY    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Bran is astonished at the beauty of the waters
Last Line: We cannot imagine debility; we %are unmarked by guilt
Subject(s): Sea; Water; Waves


GOING FOR WATER, by ROBERT FROST    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The well was dry beside the door,
Last Line: Like pearls, and now a silver blade.
Subject(s): Water


GREAT RAIN OF THE SOUTH, by NEFTALI RICARDO REYES BASUALTO    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: The great rain of te south is falling on isla negra
Last Line: A woman, a man, and winter on the earth
Alternate Author Name(s): Neruda, Pablo
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of; Rain; Water


GROTTO VINH HA LONG (BAY OF THE LANDING DRAGON) TONKIN GULF, by MONG-LAN    Poem Source            
First Line: The rower gaunt as his oar
Last Line: Stalagmite meeting stalactites coincidences %taking forever to form
Variant Title(s): Grott
Subject(s): Boats; San Francisco; Vietnam; Water


HARBOR: 1. MOSAIC, by TOM SLEIGH    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Your face clears of expression, your eyes
Last Line: Our flesh/fish bodies puddling molten
Subject(s): Boats; Relationships; Water


HARBOR: 2. BATH, by TOM SLEIGH    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Buoyancy lifting us on each wave's crest
Last Line: The swell of your razoring whiplash tail
Subject(s): Boats; Water


HATTERAS HOLIDAY, by JUANITA BROWN TOBIN    Poem Source            
First Line: Hatteras is a thread of land
Last Line: From a live ship or a dead one
Subject(s): Holidays; Water


HAYING, VERMONT AND GINGER DRINK COORDINATED, by DANIEL LEAVENS CADY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: To know what dido drank, a scholar
Last Line: Vermont's great beverage, ginger drink.
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Vermont; Water; Wine


HEAVY WATER, by RAD SMITH    Poem Source            
First Line: From the kitchen, iw atch grandaddy making his bath
Last Line: Yes, I want desperately to believe %I might ignite it
Subject(s): Baths And Bathing; Grandparents; Water


HIDDEN WATER, by FLORIAA WATTS SMYTH    Poem Text            
First Line: Water in hole and trench
Last Line: And leap and thunder.
Subject(s): Water


HISTORIES: THE GREAT HANDIWORK: WATER, & SOFT, DELICIOUS AIR, by ELENI SIKELIANOS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: All of them the great...Mmm...Did
Last Line: Take.
Subject(s): History; Water; Historians


HOMAGE TO PHILLIS WHEATLEY, by KEVIN YOUNG    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: There are days I can understand
Last Line: At sea which owns no country
Subject(s): Sea; Ships And Shipping; Water


HOMING, by CALVIN FORBES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The water's wonderful there
Subject(s): Water


HORIZON, by NINA CASSIAN    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: And yet there must exist
Last Line: Toward another outlet, even greater
Subject(s): Human Rights; Salvation; Water


HOUR'S KNOT, by RAMON PINYOL    Poem Source            
First Line: I will find you where wells never die
Last Line: A trip on high seas the boat on the waves
Subject(s): Love; Thirst; Water


HOUSE BETWEEN WATER, by DZVINIA ORLOWSKY    Poem Source            
First Line: For someone else, this thirst
Last Line: And pinwheels, %birdhouses and gods
Subject(s): Houses; Water


HOW SPRINGS CAME FIRST, by ROBERT HERRICK    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: These springs were maidens once that loved
Last Line: In nothing changed but in their name.
Subject(s): Springs (water)


HOW TO CROSS A POND, by MARILYN SINGER    Poem Source            
First Line: You can swim %or you can float
Last Line: And in the winter %you can walk
Subject(s): Water


I HAVE NOT KNOWN, by BEULA CHAMBERLAIN    Poem Text            
First Line: I have not known this thing you call the sea
Last Line: I should feel wonder ebb away from me.
Subject(s): Ghosts; Pirates; Sea Gulls; Ships & Shipping; Storms; Supernatural; Water; Piracy; Buccaneers


I LOVE ALL THINGS THAT CLUSTER ROUND THE SEA, by JOHN RICHARD MORELAND    Poem Text            
First Line: I love all things that cluster round the sea:
Last Line: And drop their anchors in the quiet bay.
Subject(s): Anchors; Boats; Disasters; Harbors; Sea; Shipwrecks; Water; Ocean


I STAND UPON A DIKE, by DAVID IGNATOW    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
Last Line: And I have only this dike
Subject(s): Water Supply


I THINK THAT THE ROOT OF THE WIND IS WATER, by EMILY DICKINSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
Last Line: In the atmosphere
Subject(s): Wind; Water


I WAS A BROOK, by SARA COLERIDGE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I was a brook in straitest channel pent
Last Line: To shew their forms and hues in the all revealing sun.
Subject(s): Brooks; Water; Streams; Creeks


I'M STILL ON THE DOCKS, by JOHN JOSEPH MCKERNAN    Poem Source            
First Line: In brooklyn -- beneath the bridge
Last Line: Come direct from nowell's arc
Subject(s): Brooklyn, New York; Water


IBIZA 60, by CEES NOOTEBOOM    Poem Source            
First Line: Again we had ourselves locked up
Last Line: Free us from these left-over %lies
Subject(s): Boats; Sea; Sea Voyages; Water


ICICLE, by JANE YOLEN    Poem Source            
First Line: There %is %no %rhyme
Last Line: It %is %itself %a %poem
Subject(s): Water


IDEA THAT HOLDS WATER, by PAUL J. CASELLA    Poem Source            
First Line: The atmosphere is great here
Last Line: Onto the blue face below
Subject(s): Nature; Water


IF RAIN, by UNKNOWN+299    Poem Source            
First Line: If rain can come
Last Line: Then shall we know coming and going
Subject(s): Clouds; Love; Rain; Romance; Water


IMAGES: 1, by VALERY LARBAUD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: One day, in kharkov, in a crowded slum
Last Line: Level with the lips of the child who had kneeled to drink it.
Subject(s): Kindness; Russia; Thirst; Water; Women; Soviet Union; Russians


IN THE HOUSE OF BLUE LIGHT, by JOHN E. SMELCER    Poem Source            
First Line: Rambling across a great field
Last Line: Fill the waters from this place %on which so much depends
Subject(s): Water


IN THE YARD FACING THE OCEAN: A ROOTS COMPOSITION, by CLARENCE MAJOR    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Below the surface of the sea a place full of jawless and boneless
Last Line: Are leaving in the morning
Subject(s): California; Seashore; Swimming; Water; Waves


INSTRUCTIONS FOR WALKING ON WATER, by JAN LEE ANDE    Poem Source            
First Line: When sitting foot onto the water, keep in mind
Last Line: And you no longer care which way leads up or down
Subject(s): Fishing And Fishermen; Sea; Swimming; Water


INWARD BRUISE, by MARY MAKOFSKE    Poem Source            
First Line: 1. Photograph: faeroe islands %whale skulls and vertebrae
Last Line: To move mountains, but only %to be them?
Subject(s): Nature; Water


IT LEAVES THEM, by EUGENE W. RELLUM    Poem Source            
First Line: The tide ebbs %to where it came from
Last Line: Who will let %you believe?
Subject(s): Tides; Water


ITALIAN STREAM, by ALFRED FRANCIS KREYMBORG    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Distinct reflections mark the hoarded caves
Last Line: And that, I swear, is a dream!
Subject(s): Singing & Singers; Water; Songs


JACK, by ANITA OLACHEA BUCCI    Poem Source            
First Line: You and I have a lot in common,' I tell him, as we bundle up on the
Last Line: We shiver in the sun: who said there's nothing new beneath it?
Subject(s): Disasters; Floods; Rivers; Tides; Water


JAPANESE WOMAN BESIDE THE WATER, by CHARLES LAURENCE NORTH    Poem Source            
First Line: As rain is bending the urgent pine needles
Last Line: And later we live for the sky in her arms
Subject(s): Absence; Grief; Rain; Tears; Water


JOHN ROUAT THE FISHERMAN, by WILLIAM MCGONAGALL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Margaret simpson was the daughter of humble parents in the county of ayr
Last Line: And on a rude pallet lay poor margaret rouat cold and dead.
Subject(s): Boats; Fish & Fishing; Marine Animals; Water


JUNIOR LIFESAVING, by MAXINE W. KUMIN    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Class, I say, this is %the front head release
Last Line: I tell you what I know: %go down to save
Alternate Author Name(s): Kumin, Maxine
Subject(s): Learning; Lifeguards; Survival; Swimming; Teaching And Teachers; Water


KINGS BLUFF, by JUANITA BROWN TOBIN    Poem Source            
First Line: Kings bluff was a steamboat town
Last Line: When the booze yacht came to town
Subject(s): Towns; Water


LADY WITH THE HERON, by WILLIAM STANLEY MERWIN    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: I walk athirst
Last Line: At the feet of a heron
Alternate Author Name(s): Merwin, W. S.
Subject(s): Drought; Fables; Thirst; Water


LAKE, by CHRISTOPHER MERRILL    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: We won't return. Like seeds, awkward as auks
Last Line: Twelve heretics condemned in secret trials, %a noblewoman singing to herself.
Subject(s): Canoes And Canoeing; Lakes; Poetry And Poets; Sailors And Sailing; Tourists; Travel; Water


LAKE, by OCTAVIO PAZ    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Between arid mountains
Subject(s): Disasters; Lakes; Shipwrecks; Water; Pools; Ponds


LAKE, by OCTAVIO PAZ    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Between arid mountains
Last Line: And an infinite shipwreck
Subject(s): Disasters; Lakes; Shipwrecks; Water


LAKE HAKONE, by JANET B. MONTGOMERY MCGOVERN    Poem Text            
First Line: Many loves have I known and much intoxication
Last Line: Wherewith to drink to drunkenness.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drinks & Drinking; Fuji, Mount; Water; Wine


LAKE TSERKNITSA (SLOVENIA), by OSTEN SJOSTRAND    Poem Source            
First Line: For months
Last Line: For the opposite to arrive
Subject(s): Drought; Harvest; Water


LANDSCAPE IN BLUE AND BRONZE, by PATRICIA FARGNOLI    Poem Source            
First Line: If she had lived my mother would have told me
Last Line: Toward the deepest water, its blue embrace
Subject(s): Caribbean Sea; Death; Landscape; Memory; Mothers; Parents; Water


LAST RITE, by DAVID CHORLTON    Poem Source            
First Line: Water laps against the mirrors
Last Line: To look at his reflection
Subject(s): Funerals; Water


LAURENCE BLOOMFIELD IN IRELAND: 5. THE LOCH, by WILLIAM ALLINGHAM    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Among those mountain-skirts a league away
Last Line: Amongst whose watery stems the mallard feeds.
Alternate Author Name(s): Pollex, D.; Walker, Patricius
Subject(s): Fields; Islands; Mountains; Travel; Water; Pastures; Meadows; Leas; Hills; Downs (great Britain); Journeys; Trips


LESSONS OF WATER, by DAVID WAGONER    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: When given a palce to wait, it fills that place
Last Line: For the wind to begin again
Subject(s): Learning; Water


LIFE AND WATER, by JACK GREENBERG    Poem Text            
First Line: Life is as water, commencing its flow
Last Line: Life is as water; take care how you drink.
Subject(s): Water


LIFEJACKETS, by PAMELA GEMIN    Poem Source            
First Line: Tied into their chilly embrace
Last Line: Those jackets %that never dried through
Subject(s): Drowning; Lakes; Lifeguards; Water


LIGHTNING WHELK, by MICHAEL SOWDER    Poem Source            
First Line: We wnet down to hear what the water said
Last Line: This cup, that only a cry of the sea has filled?
Subject(s): Lightning; Water


LIKE BEGETTING, by FRANCESCA ABBATE    Poem Source            
First Line: In the storm, the cloud that looked
Last Line: Are in shadow. Parts are bright with rain
Subject(s): March (month); Water


LINES TO A GARDEN HOSE, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: "sprinkle, sprinkle, little hose"
Last Line: Irresponsibility!
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking;floods;gardens & Gardening;water


LINES TO A PUMPING ENGINE FOR A RELIGIOUS HOUSE: 1. OLD STYLE, by FLORENCE CONVERSE    Poem Text            
First Line: This is sister water's cell
Last Line: Sing laus deo!
Subject(s): Religion; Water Supply; Wellesley College; Theology; Dams; Reservoirs; Water Mains


LINES TO A PUMPING ENGINE FOR A RELIGIOUS HOUSE: 2. NEW STYLE, by FLORENCE CONVERSE    Poem Text            
First Line: The little grassy hollow is sunny
Last Line: So-called.
Subject(s): Religion; Water Supply; Wellesley College; Theology; Dams; Reservoirs; Water Mains


LISLE'S RIVER, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Dust followed our car like a dry brown cloud
Last Line: What joy have you had since, that equaled this?
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Canoes & Canoeing; Happiness; Memory; Rivers; Water; Joy; Delight


LISTEN:, by BRIAN SWANN    Poem Source            
Last Line: In the other world
Subject(s): Native Americans; Riddles; Water


LITTLE RAIN IN RIYADH, by JAMES SUTHERLAND-SMITH    Poem Source            
First Line: A drizzle tickles our upturned faces
Last Line: Regarding me as you would the light shed %over the sea at alexandria
Subject(s): Love; Rain; Water


LIVING WITH MISTAKES, by NAOMI SHIHAB NYE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: They won't wear boots
Last Line: In their presence.
Subject(s): Errors; Etiquette; Water; Mistakes; Fallacies; Manners; Courtesy


LIZARDS FALL INTO THE WATER TANKS...', by JOSE-FLORE TAPPY    Poem Source            
Last Line: A poison in my veins
Subject(s): Lizards; Water


LOOKING AROUND III, by CHARLES PENZEL WRIGHT JR.    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: August cloud-forest chinese ming screen
Last Line: Tonight after 10 pm the moon will varnish everything %with a brilliance worthy wherever that is of p
Alternate Author Name(s): Wright, Charles
Subject(s): Nature; Water


LOOKING BACK DOWN, by CHARLES HADFIELD    Poem Source            
First Line: Rhythms of water
Last Line: Almost within earshot
Subject(s): Sight; Water


LOSING CUBA, by KATHLEEN KIRK    Poem Source            
First Line: You scrape the trowel against
Last Line: A soft white lichenous frosting %spreading itself across the basement floor
Subject(s): Revolutions; Water


LOST AND FOUND, by MARILYN SINGER    Poem Source            
First Line: When the snow melts
Last Line: And finds again its shiny new spring shoes
Subject(s): Water


LOST VALLEY, by GLENN WARD DRESBACH    Poem Text            
First Line: I found it on a morning when the wings
Last Line: Share some of it with you.
Subject(s): Springs (water)


LOVE IN THE WATER, LOVE IN THE STONE, by JAY WRIGHT    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Faithful bean lady of the plantain,
Subject(s): Love; Water; Stones; Granite; Rocks


MAGIC WATER JAR, by PHIL WEIDMAN    Poem Source            
First Line: Did you know the hopi
Last Line: & doubt that I'd %be trusted
Subject(s): Magic; Water


MEANDERING, by MARILYN SINGER    Poem Source            
First Line: Something in water loves %the curve
Last Line: To be commander %of meander
Subject(s): Water


MELANCHOLY WATER, by PAUL CLAUDEL    Poem Source            
First Line: There is an intelligence in joy
Last Line: I hear only the cry of a goose
Subject(s): Melancholy; Rain; Tears; Water


MEXICAN NURSERY SONG, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: There comes the water splashing and croaking
Last Line: My little brothers will get a good soaking
Subject(s): Nonsense;water


MID-OCEAN, by WILLIAM ROSE BENET    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Leaning on the rail, looking at the lead
Last Line: Atom in the void, on the western sea!
Subject(s): Sailing & Sailors; Sea; Steamboats; Travel; Water; Seamen; Sails; Ocean; Journeys; Trips


MILTONIC, by MAVIS CLARE BARNETT    Poem Text            
First Line: Poet thou shalt have to drink
Last Line: Water in a wooden bowl.
Subject(s): Milton, John (1608-1674); Water


MIMOSA, by DAVID BAKER    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Days and nights the dull metallic %hammer of welders' work
Last Line: The night is starting to burn and to bloom
Variant Title(s): The Mimosa
Subject(s): Summer; Trees; Water


MIRACLES, by BRENDAN KENNELLY    Poem Source            
First Line: Water for guinness
Last Line: You're walking on air
Subject(s): Kildare, Ireland; Miracles; Water


MISSISSIPPI MUSKRAT, by RICHARD BRODERICK    Poem Source            
First Line: I like the way he chooses the calm waters
Last Line: Shaped head aimed straight at an eddying heart
Subject(s): Mississippi; Water


MONTAUK BEACH, WINTER FOR M.R., by APRIL DENONNO    Poem Source            
First Line: Inside the rented bungalow the floors collect sand
Last Line: And sinks the water closing like a dream
Subject(s): Dreams; Sea; Seashore; Water


MOON'S GRAVITY, by MARILYN SINGER    Poem Source            
First Line: I feel sorry for the moon
Last Line: From under their sandy feet
Subject(s): Water


MOUNTAIN POOL, by BERNICE LESBIA KENYON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Poured by a hundred rills
Last Line: In this water, clear and cold.
Alternate Author Name(s): Gilkyson, Walter, Mrs.
Subject(s): Drowning; Lakes; Water; Pools; Ponds


MOUNTAIN WATER, by SARA TEASDALE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You have taken a drink from a wild fountain
Last Line: In the feathery green of the year.
Alternate Author Name(s): Filsinger, Ernest B., Mrs.
Subject(s): Mountains; Water; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


MOURNING PABLO NERUDA, by ROBERT BLY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Water is practical / especially in august
Last Line: Gone.
Subject(s): Death; Legacies; Mourning; Nature; Neruda, Pablo (1904-1973); Usefullness; Water; Dead, The; Bereavement


MUDDY WATER, by BRENDAN KENNELLY    Poem Source            
First Line: Leave the muddy water alone, she said
Last Line: It'll make itself clear.
Subject(s): Water


MUSIC ON WATER, by FRANCIS LEDWIDGE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Where does remembrance weep when we forget?
Last Line: Watches the time, and thinks it wondrous slow.
Subject(s): Death; Mars (god); Music & Musicians; Water; Dead, The


MUSINGS, by MICHAEL J. CAMPIONE    Poem Text            
First Line: Have ever you sat by a midnight shore
Last Line: Were always, and will always be?
Subject(s): Seashore; Water; Waves; Beach; Coast; Shore


MY FOUNTAIN, by LUIS GONZAGA ORTIZ    Poem Source            
First Line: Hard by the cottage, innocent and free
Last Line: My humble, sweet and murmurous fount, of thee!
Subject(s): Fountains; Sea; Water


MY WISH WON'T WASH, by ROSEMARIE WILLIAMSON    Poem Source            
First Line: When I was young, I fantasized
Last Line: The laundry room and kitchen sink!
Subject(s): Children; Dreams; Water


NAMMU: TO ADAM, by MARILYN KRYSL    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: The sea keeps sending my emissaries, wave
Last Line: Your shroud of water is ready. Come with me
Subject(s): Water


NEW YEAR, by JOHN PEPPER CLARK    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Another flood is finished to a fall
Last Line: Will long bear us aberrants on the beach
Alternate Author Name(s): Clark-bekederemo, J. P.; Clark, J. P.
Subject(s): Floods; Holidays; New Year; Rain; Seashore; Time; Water


NEW YORK: FIRST SWIM, by ASHER REICH    Poem Source            
First Line: As usual, as in the beginning, it all began with water
Last Line: To the frozen future of the american dream
Subject(s): New York City; Swimming; Water


NEW YORK: SECOND SWIM, by ASHER REICH    Poem Source            
First Line: Through a lit tunnel, under the river
Last Line: And all your fears were thoroughly eroded
Subject(s): New York City; Water


NIAGARA, by HARRY RANDOLPH BLYTHE    Poem Text            
First Line: When lakes of western waters, prison bound
Last Line: And thundered to the sea with joyful flow.
Subject(s): Nature; Niagara Falls; Niagara River; Travel; Water; Waterfalls; Journeys; Trips


NIGHT FISHING IN THE SOUND, by ELEANOR WILNER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The sound is dark; you can barely hear
Last Line: Safe, into the cauldron of dawn.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilner, Eleanor Rand
Subject(s): Dawn; Fish & Fishing; Sea; Water; Waves; Sunrise; Ocean


NIGHT PLUMBER, by NIKKI MOUSTAKI    Poem Source            
First Line: My neighbor comes at one a.M. In her night
Last Line: Like a friend saying don't be lonely, or I'm lonely too
Subject(s): Night; Plumbers; Water


NONSENSE RHYMES: 10, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: There comes the water curling and running
Last Line: I fear my aunt jennie will need a good sunning
Subject(s): Nonsense;water


NORTH JETTY, by DERICK BURLESON    Poem Source            
First Line: Spy satellite sees a blue circle bisected
Last Line: Been flowing? Hasn't our blood? Out of reach %a dolphin blows, breathes, sinks
Subject(s): Sea; Sea Monsters; Water


O'CLOCK, by FANNY HOWE    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: You float inside your water
Subject(s): Time; Leaves; Water


OASIS, by MARILYN SINGER    Poem Source            
First Line: If a pond is an oasis
Last Line: Sailors hungry for a taste of land?
Subject(s): Water


OBJECT, by RAY GONZALEZ    Poem Source            
First Line: If you lift the lid off the clay pot
Last Line: The one to escape %his lashing tongue
Subject(s): Cooking And Cooks; Water


OBSERVATION, by JANE YOLEN    Poem Source            
First Line: Above, blue sky
Last Line: Simple, plain: %iris after rain
Subject(s): Water


OBSESSION, by JOHN COWPER POWYS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, take away those haunting eyes
Last Line: And the rain cover the hill!
Subject(s): Clouds; Moon; Rain; Sea; Water; Ocean


OCEAN CHECKLIST, by MARILYN SINGER    Poem Source            
First Line: Vast, blue-green or winter gray
Last Line: Is everybody's dream of deep
Subject(s): Water


OCEAN LESSON, by WILLIAM HATHAWAY    Poem Source            
First Line: Val drips the slime of the moonsnail
Last Line: Trumpeting the final show and tell
Subject(s): Sea; Water


ODE TO NIAGARA, by JOSE MARIA DE+(1) HEREDIA    Poem Source            
First Line: My lyre! Give me my lyre! My bosom
Last Line: To listen to the echoes of my fame
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Niagara Falls; Water; Waterfalls


ODE; FOR THE CELEBRATION OF ... COCHITUATE WATER INTO BOSTON, by JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: My name is water: I have sped
Last Line: That never will make slaves of you.
Subject(s): Boston; Water


ODES III, 13. TO THE FOUNTAIN BANDUSIA, by QUINTUS HORATIUS FLACCUS    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: O fountain of bandusia, clearer than crystal
Last Line: From which leap your loquacious waters
Alternate Author Name(s): Horace
Subject(s): Springs (water)


ON A LAKE, by JOHN DRINKWATER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Sweet in the rushes
Last Line: The life of the lake.
Subject(s): Birds; Lakes; Nightingales; Water; Pools; Ponds


ON A MINERAL IN THE NORTH OF IRELAND ... CURED OF DISEASES, SELECTION, by WILLIAM LUCKYN    Poem Text            
First Line: For introduction, not to stay
Last Line: Rapture to give it you again.
Alternate Author Name(s): Grimston, Viscount
Subject(s): Healing; Water; Cures


ON READING THE POETRY OF A MYSTIC, by MARY SINTON LEITCH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I hear a sound of waters; --not the combing
Last Line: Dips in the liquid dusk a flaming wing.
Subject(s): Mysticism; Poetry & Poets; Religion; Water; Theology


ON ST. GEORGE ISLAND, by ENID SHOMER    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Four years since I've touched this water
Last Line: Clear daughter of the tides
Subject(s): Islands; Water


ON THE WATERFRONT, by WILLIAM ROSE BENET    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Lollin' on a dock-pile, pipe a-draggin' slow
Last Line: All the ships upon the sea, an' all the things I know!
Subject(s): Hurricanes; Sailing & Sailors; Sea; Ships & Shipping; Water; Seamen; Sails; Ocean


ONE HUNDRED PERCENT, by JANE YOLEN    Poem Source            
First Line: What is not water
Last Line: Or is it simply the mathematics %of natural selection?
Subject(s): Water


ORGAN SONGS: MARRIAGE SONG, by GEORGE MACDONALD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: They have no more wine!' she said
Last Line: Brimming full of heavenly wine.
Subject(s): Cana, Galilee; Drinks & Drinking; Feasts; Jesus Christ; Marriage; Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Water; Wedding Song; Women - Bible; Wine; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Virgin Mary; Epithalamium


OTHER WATERS, by JOSE FONTINHAS    Poem Source            
First Line: It is when the seminal smell of the shadow announces the
Last Line: But before then we will have made our descent to the waters
Subject(s): Rain; Water


OTHERWISE EMPTY PUBLIC POOL (1965), by DEZSO TANDORI    Poem Source            
First Line: As if we were at an empty pool
Last Line: Among other things
Subject(s): Diving And Divers; Lakes; Sports; Swimming; Water


OUR LADY'S WELL, by FELICIA DOROTHEA HEMANS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fount of the woods! Thou art hid no more
Last Line: Who hath made thee nature's own again!
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, Felicia Dorothea
Subject(s): Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Ruins; Springs (water); Women In The Bible; Virgin Mary


OUR SON SWEARS HE HAS 102 GALLONS OF WATER IN HIS BODY, by NAOMI SHIHAB NYE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Somewhere a mistaken word distorts the sum
Last Line: That nobody could break.
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Milk; Parents; Water; Wine; Milkmen; Milkmaids; Parenthood


OVER THE MONTH OF JUNE THE RAIN IS FALLING, by HOMERO ARIDJIS    Poem Source            
Last Line: The lights of the city come on for further exploits
Variant Title(s): The Rain Is Fallin
Subject(s): Death; Grief; Rain; Tears; Water


OVER THE WATER TO CHARLIE, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text            
First Line: "come boat me o'er, come row me o'er"
Last Line: We'll o'er the water
Subject(s): Ferry Boats;water


OVER THE WATER WI' CHAIRLIE, by ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Come boat me o'er, come row me o'er!
Last Line: Or we lippen again to chairlie!
Alternate Author Name(s): Stevenson, Robert Lewis Balfour
Subject(s): Boats; Travel; Water; Journeys; Trips


PASSING THROUGH WATERLESS PLACES, by ANNETTE ABMA    Poem Source            
First Line: The bird circles, drops onto the water
Last Line: Swimming and oblivious of water
Subject(s): Birds; Water


PATCHES OF GOLD FLARING UP UNEXPECTEDLY, by INGRID FICHTNER    Poem Source            
First Line: Patches of gold flaring up unexpectedly
Last Line: Silently very fast %tout autre part
Subject(s): Beauty; Sun; Time; Water


PERCH, by SEAMUS HEANEY    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Perch on their water perch hung in the clear bann river
Last Line: In the everything flows and steady go of the world
Subject(s): Earth; Rivers; Water


PERFECT SELVES, by ELIZABETH TIBBETTS    Poem Source            
First Line: The harbor was full of sewage
Last Line: To sizzle like a smelt in the pan
Subject(s): Swimming; Water


PETIT MANAN, by ROBERT FARNSWORTH    Poem Source            
First Line: I know no fitting prayer for the margins
Last Line: The tideline, fixed by the moon's %indifferent aim across the water
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Sea; Water


PIER, by PIERRE REVERDY    Poem Source            
First Line: The stars are behind the wall
Last Line: And the other breathes in the sky all in one breath
Subject(s): Memory; Water


PIXIES AT THE POOL, by RICHARD POMFRET    Poem Text            
First Line: Look below into the pool's
Last Line: And flee at dawn's first light.
Subject(s): Lakes; Night; Stars; Water; Pools; Ponds; Bedtime


POEM FOR MY SON, by MAXINE W. KUMIN    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Where water laps my hips
Last Line: Now, boy, swim off for this
Alternate Author Name(s): Kumin, Maxine
Subject(s): Children; Parents; Seashore; Swimming; Water


POOL, by CHAIM NACHMAN BIALIK    Poem Source            
First Line: I know a wood and in that wood
Last Line: Of the master of the woods, great of secrets and long of meditations
Alternate Author Name(s): Bialik, Hayim Nahman; Byalik, Chaim Nachman
Subject(s): Forests; Water


POOLS, by MARJORIE AGOSIN    Poem Source            
First Line: When jose daniel %says water
Last Line: The perfect sound %of the sea
Subject(s): Peace; Seashore; Water; Waves


POSITED, by JAMES MCMICHAEL    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: That as all parts of it
Subject(s): Water; Language; Words; Vocabulary


POSSESSION, by JANE MILLER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Again the shepherd in solitude crosses the deformed desert
Last Line: Painted voices --
Subject(s): Deserts; Food & Eating; Pollution; Water Supply; Dams; Reservoirs; Water Mains


PRACTICING FOR THE RAPTURE, by JAN LEE ANDE    Poem Source            
First Line: In the grainy frames of an early film, a man straps on
Last Line: To rise, and enter a realm of creatures %lighter than air
Subject(s): Storms; Water; Wind


PRAIRIE CALM, by ELLEN DRINKWATER    Poem Text            
First Line: Sometimes I think
Last Line: And plenty -- for millions of cattle to drink.
Subject(s): Kansas; Prairies; Water; Wells; Plains


PRAISE OF WATER, by THEODORE FAULLAIN DE BANVILLE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The rain, the rain at length
Last Line: Wine, wine, exulting wine!
Subject(s): Water


PRESENCE, by MARJORIE AGOSIN    Poem Source            
First Line: Glance of a star, humid and tepid
Last Line: Whatever is reborn %to be undone %in water
Subject(s): Love; Presence; Seashore; Water; Waves


PSYCHOANALYSIS OF WATER, by FORREST GANDER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The clock here is quiet.
Subject(s): Water


PURE ELEMENT OF WATERS! WHERESOE'ER, by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
Last Line: Their anguish,—and they blend sweet songs with thine
Subject(s): Springs; Water; Caves


RAIN, by CLARA FOX    Poem Text            
First Line: There are so many kinds of rain
Last Line: And leaving to exalt or jade.
Subject(s): Floods; Rain; Water; Weather


RAIN, by ANSELM HOLLO    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: One evening as we were lounging in his apartment in a relaxed mood
Last Line: The substance of the land into the sea
Subject(s): Rain; Water


RAIN, by RANDALL MANN    Poem Source            
First Line: This is the rain
Last Line: The ground, lied god, in the beginning
Subject(s): Floods; Rain; Water; Weather


RAIN, by MARGARET MCCORMICK    Poem Text            
First Line: A man sinned today
Last Line: . . . Me.
Subject(s): Water


RAIN, by EDWARD BLISS REED    Poem Text            
First Line: The april rain falls quietly, / with soft caress for bush and tree
Last Line: December rain, december rain.
Subject(s): Rain; Seasons; Spring; Water; Weather


RAIN, by RACHEL L. WHITE    Poem Text            
First Line: O rain, why come on sunday
Last Line: Sometimes I make mistakes.
Subject(s): Rain; Sabbath; Water; Sunday


RAIN FOREST, by MARILYN SINGER    Poem Source            
First Line: In the rain forest, where the ground is a limitless
Last Line: Every pool a boundless lake
Subject(s): Water


RAIN IN THE PINE GROVE, by GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO    Poem Source            
First Line: You keep silent. On the threshold
Last Line: Oh terrestial creature %by name %hermione
Subject(s): Rain; Water


RAIN MARCH, by JEAN RICHEPIN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The water falls, plick, plock, plack
Last Line: The water falls and fills my sack.
Subject(s): Rain; Water


RAIN PSALM, by LEOPOLDO LUGONES    Poem Source            
First Line: The sky was a somber cave of water
Last Line: And in the deep valley fields a partridge whistled
Subject(s): Rain; Thunder; Water


RAINS THAT NEVER FALL FELL IN MY HOUSE, by NEIL ROLLINSON    Poem Source            
First Line: I turned on the tap, the drain belches
Last Line: The whole of africa's rainfell fell in my house tonight
Subject(s): Houses; Rain; Water


RAINY NIGHT, by E. FLEMING HOTT    Poem Text            
First Line: Black of night; soft-dripping rain
Last Line: Alone, in darkness, my heart grieves.
Subject(s): Melancholy; Mourning; Rain; Tears; Water; Dejection; Bereavement


RECKONINGS, by CHRISTOPHER MERRILL    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: God, what a feeling! We declared
Last Line: The waves were bigger now: one carried a contestant %miles down the beach, then left him churning in
Subject(s): Competition; Elections; Seashore; Surfing; Water; Waves


REFLECTION, by JANE YOLEN    Poem Source            
First Line: Water is a magic mirror
Last Line: A truth so fragile %only eyes can hear
Subject(s): Water


REMEDIOS VARO AS DAPHNE, by ELEANOR WILNER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Inside the rooms are tall, begin to open
Last Line: And a welter / of water
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilner, Eleanor Rand
Subject(s): Daphne (mythology); Water; Paintings & Painters


RESIGNATION, by JOHN COWPER POWYS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Struggle no more: let it go
Last Line: It is dead.
Subject(s): Death; Love; Water; Wind; Dead, The


RETURNING TO THE LUXAPALILA, by PAUL DEAN RUFFIN    Poem Source            
First Line: The river is the color of earth, fed by runoff
Last Line: Her arms outstretched to the mounting sun
Subject(s): Rivers; Water


REUMINATIONS ON CONCAVE WATER, by SANDRA STONE    Poem Source            
First Line: The house consumes its occupant
Last Line: Rusting in an armature %of hungry waters
Subject(s): Water


RIVER BATHERS, by ELAINE TERRANOVA    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: This was no paradise
Last Line: The grass and rusting iron furniture.
Subject(s): Rivers; Seashore; Water; Beach; Coast; Shore


RIVER'S WATERS, by LEO YANKEVICH    Poem Source            
First Line: The river's waters are grey, sometimes blue
Last Line: And for the sun's merciful but meat-eating honey
Subject(s): Colors; Rivers; Water


RIVER-LOVERS, by J. PATRICK LEWIS    Poem Source            
First Line: Beaver: river-weaver
Last Line: Spider: water-writer %bullfrog: burper-burper %owl: night-delighter
Subject(s): Animals; Water


ROCK CRIES OUT, by JANE YOLEN    Poem Source            
First Line: As if I were fool enough to hide
Last Line: Where no water, no wave, no raised fist %will trouble us %anymore
Subject(s): Water


ROOM BELOW THE RIVER, by AL MAGINNES    Poem Source            
First Line: Every summer a few bridge divers disappear
Last Line: All the downward commands of gravity
Subject(s): Diving And Divers; Rooms; Water


RUNES FOR A ROUND TABLE: PISCES, by WILLIAM STANLEY MERWIN    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Let the stars quaver
Last Line: In the eddying sky
Alternate Author Name(s): Merwin, W. S.
Subject(s): Astrology And Astrologers; Fishing And Fishermen; Stars; Water


SALMON BROOK, by HENRY DAVID THOREAU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
Last Line: May they still endure?
Subject(s): Water


SAVING THE RAIN IN BARRELS, by WALTER ROBERT MCDONALD    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Nights, I rode my father's pickup
Last Line: Spiraling for those that stumble %under the sun and fall
Alternate Author Name(s): Mcdonald, Walt
Subject(s): Farm Life; Water


SAY WATER, by RAD SMITH    Poem Source            
First Line: Say birds instead of water
Last Line: When I, wild-tongued, was burning up %and you were beautiful
Subject(s): Nature; Water


SEA DREAMS, by EDWARD BLISS REED    Poem Text            
First Line: Sailor, sailor, why must you go
Last Line: Playing with dreams by the sea.
Subject(s): Sailing & Sailors; Sea Voyages; Tides; Water


SEAL AND THE SEAGULL, by ALPAY ULKU    Poem Source            
First Line: Even now, survival is godhead, a dim red glow warming the water
Last Line: You could have chosen pity, feeding the tide the broken bones to see what %might come back
Subject(s): Birds; Gulls; Seals (animals); Seashore; Water


SELKIE, by KATHLEEN AGUERO    Poem Source            
First Line: It's the salt in the air
Last Line: I long to sing again, but my own voice frightens me
Subject(s): Sea; Singing And Singers; Water


SEMPITERNAL, by JAMES GALVIN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Out at sea the sun / was shining
Last Line: North each time .
Subject(s): Sea; Silver; Sun; Water; Whales; Ocean


SEQUENCE: 4, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In the woods the low red bridge
Last Line: Flowing then and still.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Death; Drowning; Water; Dead, The


SEXUAL WATER, by NEFTALI RICARDO REYES BASUALTO    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tumbling in big solitary drops
Last Line: I see its waters crossing the bone
Alternate Author Name(s): Neruda, Pablo
Subject(s): Water


SHOOTING AT WATER, by OLIVIA C. H. FINLEY    Poem Source            
First Line: With your hand crippled %from a lack of sleep
Last Line: Or treading water - %let us go, let us go
Subject(s): Swimming; Water


SIERRA NOTE, by ANTONIO MACHADO RUIZ    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: She opened the window
Last Line: They called castilla
Alternate Author Name(s): Machado, Antonio; Machado Y Ruiz, Antonio
Subject(s): Spain; Water


SILVER, by ELIZABETH JANE COATSWORTH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fishing is life for towns along the sea
Last Line: Yet they shall keep a people until spring.
Alternate Author Name(s): Beston, Henry, Mrs.
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Water; Winter; Anglers


SILVER SPRING, by JAMES RYDER RANDALL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When the lord of light revealed
Last Line: Undine! Undine! Thou are princess of the parables of old!
Subject(s): Nature; Spring; Springs (water)


SILVER SURFER, by JEFF HALBERT    Poem Source            
First Line: He begins at midnight. He paddles
Last Line: Soon you won't hear him anymore. %then he will not be there
Subject(s): Night; Sports; Water


SINKER, by ALEC KOWALCZYK    Poem Source            
First Line: When they inundated the hollow
Last Line: And at the end of the line, %a leaded weight
Subject(s): Floods; Water


SISTER MARY APPASSIONATE LECTURES SCIENCE CLASS: DOCTRINES OF ELEMENTS, by DAVID CITINO    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: God's a bag of wind, primum mobile, push come
Last Line: Our bodies vessels shaped to hold god's love
Subject(s): Fire; Water


SISTER WATER: THE SEA MIST, by AMADO NERVO    Poem Source            
First Line: Mist is the dream of the water, which becomes light-gray
Last Line: And I said, 'let us extol the lord, sister mist!'
Subject(s): Dreams; Mist; Water


SISTER WATER: THE WATER THAT FLOWS ABOVE GROUND, by AMADO NERVO    Poem Source            
First Line: I praise heaven because it offers me, in love, gems for my
Last Line: Sister water, let us praise god!
Subject(s): God; Nature; Praise; Religion; Rivers; Water


SISTER WATER: THE WATER THAT FLOWS UNDER GROUND, by AMADO NERVO    Poem Source            
First Line: I sing to heaven because my unknown streams make the
Last Line: Caverns; and I said, 'sister water, let us bless the lord!'
Subject(s): Blessings; God; Praise; Spring; Water


SISTERS AND WATER, by KATHY KOLIAN-DIMEGLIO    Poem Source            
First Line: We carry crystal goblet %clear cool water
Last Line: Will come cold to the table %will come from some higher ground
Subject(s): Sisters; Water


SKATING, by KATE NORTHROP    Poem Source            
First Line: It was saturday,
Last Line: Through the rise of pines.
Subject(s): Cold; Skating And Skaters; Sports; Water; Winter


SMALL DEFEATS: DEATH BY WATER, by GORDON WEAVER    Poem Source            
First Line: Of deaths, a death by water, we are told
Last Line: Lulled within lives and deaths. We do not die
Subject(s): Death; Dreams; Water


SMALL LIGHT FROM OUR WINDOW, by DENNIS COOLEY    Poem Source            
Last Line: When no one is home
Subject(s): Rain; Water


SMALL SKIFF HAS BEEN ROWED, by PETER READING    Poem Source            
Last Line: And there is autumnal evening precipitation
Subject(s): Boats; Water


SONG (8), by GEORGE MEREDITH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I would I were the drop of rain
Last Line: With maiden kisses three.
Subject(s): Rain; Water


SONG OF THE ARTESIAN WATER, by ANDREW BARTON PATERSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Now the stock have started dying, for the lord has sent a / drought
Last Line: It is flowing, ever flowing, further down.
Alternate Author Name(s): Paterson, 'banjo'
Subject(s): Earth; Hope; Singing & Singers; Water; World; Optimism


SONG OF THE DAUGHTERS OF CELEUS, by LOUIS V. LEDOUX    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Deep the well and dark the water
Last Line: Hers who has the brightest eyes.
Subject(s): Water; Wells


SONG OF THE MAD MENAGERIE, by WILLIAM STANLEY MERWIN    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: I on whom the wild sun
Last Line: The body behind bone
Alternate Author Name(s): Merwin, W. S.
Subject(s): Drought; Poverty; Thirst; Water


SONNET: 1. A MOUNTAIN SPRING, by HENRY CLARENCE KENDALL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Peace hath an altar there. The sounding feet
Last Line: Whose likeness is the faithless face of rose.
Subject(s): Mountains; Springs (water); Hills; Downs (great Britain)


SOURCE, by KENNETH SLADE ALLING    Poem Text            
First Line: I know how poems spring up. Well water flows
Last Line: The singers lift their silver for man's seeing.
Subject(s): Singing & Singers; Trees; Water; Songs


SOURCE, by PAUL CLAUDEL    Poem Source            
First Line: Let other rivers carry toward the sea
Last Line: Alone with all its visible and invisible stars
Subject(s): Rivers; Water


SPRING, by ROSE FYLEMAN    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: A little mountain spring I found
Last Line: Belonged by rights to him
Subject(s): Animals; Frogs; Springs (water)


SPRING FANTASIES: 6. AS FLUTES OF ARCADY, by RICHARD EUGENE BURTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The purity of water and the peace
Last Line: And hero-deeds along a hundred hills!
Subject(s): Beauty; Children; Dreams; Poetry & Poets; Truth; Water; Childhood; Nightmares


SPRING IN THE GARDEN, by MARILYN SINGER    Poem Source            
First Line: In the lotus pool
Last Line: About who saw her first
Subject(s): Water


SPRING WATER, by KENNETH SLADE ALLING    Poem Text            
First Line: How very distant shrills the slaughter
Last Line: And forest things grow frolicsome.
Subject(s): Water


STARS WHICH SEE, STARS WHICH DO NOT SEE, by MARVIN BELL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: They sat by the water. The fine women
Last Line: And then its promise, but never the water.
Subject(s): Beauty; Seine (river), France; Water; Women


STICK IN THE WATER, by RAY SKJELBRED    Poem Source            
First Line: The barber with mirrors on both sides knows
Last Line: Maybe nothing is far away.'
Subject(s): Water


STILL ON WATER, by KENNETH REXROTH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Solitude closes down around us
Subject(s): Calm; Love; Nature; Nudity; Swimming & Swimmers; Water; Placid; Undisturbed; Tranquility; Nakedness; Swimmers


STILL ON WATER, by KENNETH REXROTH    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Solitude closes down around us
Last Line: Of your nude jubilation
Subject(s): Calm; Love; Nature; Nudity; Swimming; Water


SUBMERSIBLE, by BROOKS HAXTON    Poem Source            
First Line: Down from twilight into dark at noon
Last Line: Could have come until our time but corpses
Subject(s): Fishing And Fishermen; Water


SUCH WATER DO THE GODS DISTILL, by HENRY DAVID THOREAU    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
Last Line: Of helicon again.
Subject(s): Water; New England


SUMMER DROWNING, by DENISE LOW    Poem Source            
First Line: Just a moment to step into
Last Line: And counting how long %she can stay under
Subject(s): Drowning; Water


SUMMER RAIN, by APOLLON NIKOLAYEVICH MAIKOV    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Golden rain! Golden rain! Out of the sky!'
Last Line: "in the full granaries fragrant with rye."
Alternate Author Name(s): Maykov, Apollon Nikolaycich
Subject(s): Rain; Water


SURF, by ISRAEL NEWMAN    Poem Text            
First Line: Sea-ache, and sea-scent, and the welter of white
Last Line: Of wave-heaps trailing tresses drowned in green!
Subject(s): Sea; Seashore; Surfing; Water; Waves; Ocean; Beach; Coast; Shore


SWIMMER, by ALEXANDER KINMAN LAING    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: His chin cut water
Last Line: Was acheron.
Subject(s): Death; Drowning; Hades; Swimming & Swimmers; Water; Dead, The; Swimmers


SWIMMER, by THOMAS LUX    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: When I jumped from the bow of the ocean liner I had three things in
Last Line: His own life, the man who is an obvious liar
Subject(s): Boats; Lakes; Swimming; Water


TAKE ME TO THE WATER, by HALVARD JOHNSON    Poem Source            
First Line: I wanted to go over to the lake, but instead he drove me inland
Last Line: Of a straight, hard, sharp, direct, flat, utterly convincing horizon
Subject(s): Travel; Water


TANGLE, by JANE YOLEN    Poem Source            
First Line: A muddle, a meddle
Last Line: Made of wet tangles
Subject(s): Water


THE AMERICAN FIREMAN, by CHRISTOPHER BANNISTER    Poem Text            
First Line: A clamor and clatter of galloping hoofs
Last Line: Had half such a guerdon won.
Subject(s): Fire; Firefighters; Heat; Smoke; Water


THE ART OF HAPPINESS, by MARY RUEFLE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I am too weak to speak,
Last Line: What’s a phone call or two?
Subject(s): Happiness; Water; Joy; Delight


THE BALLAD OF EPHRON, PRINCE OF TOPERS, by IMMANUEL OF ROME    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Come listen to a merry song about a merry / wight
Last Line: Nor he, nor we, shall crave in vain for water!
Alternate Author Name(s): Immanuel Ben Solomon Of Rome; Immanuel Di Roma
Subject(s): Fasts & Feasts; Jews; Repentance; Sin; Water; Judaism; Penitence


THE BALLAD OF THE LONG DAM, by PATRICK MACGILL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Twas on the day the dam gave way, I mind it / awfully well
Last Line: And riley's daughter's married to me — honest, so help me god.
Subject(s): Floods; Water; Water Supply; Dams; Reservoirs; Water Mains


THE BELL-BUOY, by RUTH GUTHRIE HARDING    Poem Text            
First Line: The bell buoy off manana sings twenty miles to sea,
Last Line: And many miles, inland . . . It reaches me.
Alternate Author Name(s): Burton, Richard, Mrs.
Subject(s): Buoys; Islands; Maine (state); Water


THE BRAES OF YARROW, by JOHN LOGAN (1748-1788)    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thy braes were bonny, yarrow stream
Last Line: And then with thee I'll sleep in yarrow.
Variant Title(s): Yarrow Stream
Subject(s): Death; Yarrow (water), Scotland; Dead, The


THE CASE OF EDGAR ABBOTT AND PHILIP RIDD, by FRANKLIN PIERCE ADAMS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There was edgar alvin abbott, who had
Last Line: "leaping bravely to her rescue, cried: ""I'ii save you!"" and he did."
Alternate Author Name(s): F. P. A.
Subject(s): Lifeguards; Seashore; Swimming & Swimmers; Water; Beach; Coast; Shore; Swimmers


THE CASTE WIFE SPEAKS TO THE ENIGMATIC PARABOLAS, by NORMAN DUBIE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The two stone breakers in loincloths
Last Line: For the rising cream that forms a golden brick of butter.
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Sex; Social Classes; Water; Male-female Relations; Caste


THE COURSE OF LEAST RESISTANCE, by OLIVER MURRAY EDWARDS    Poem Text            
First Line: The course of least resistance is
Last Line: Upon the rocks below.
Subject(s): Death; Water; Waterfalls; Dead, The


THE DIVE, by CORNELIA BROWNELL GOULD    Poem Text            
First Line: One moment, poised above the flashing blue
Last Line: To swim back to the gray old pile from which I dive.
Subject(s): Water


THE ENCHANTED SPRING, by GEORGE DARLEY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: O'er golden sands my waters flow
Last Line: Come! Sip it freshly as it flows.
Subject(s): Flowers; Spring; Water


THE EXISTING POOL, by HAYDEN CARRUTH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Begin with a pool. The deepening
Last Line: Gather together
Subject(s): Water


THE FAIR WATERS OF DREAM, by MARIE DE REGNIER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: By the fair waters of asia, in a green countryside
Last Line: The stroke gone by.
Alternate Author Name(s): D'houville, Gerard; Heredia, Marie De
Subject(s): Dreams; Fountains; Shadows; Water; Waves; Nightmares


THE FEAST, by GALWAY KINNELL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Juniper and cedar in the sand
Last Line: Our two shapes dying in each other's arms
Subject(s): Water; Sand


THE FOREIGN SAILOR, by WILLIAM ROSE BENET    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: This is what I heard from a foreign sailor
Last Line: Whispering, and gesturing with lean, dark hands!
Subject(s): Sailing & Sailors; Sea; Seashore; Ships & Shipping; Water; Seamen; Sails; Ocean; Beach; Coast; Shore


THE FOUNTAIN, by MUHAMMAD AL-MU'TAMID II    Poem Text            
First Line: The sea hath tempered it; the mighty sun
Last Line: Hath steel somewhat advantage over water.
Alternate Author Name(s): Mu'tamid, Al-; Al-mu'tamid Of Sevilla
Subject(s): Fountains; Water


THE FOUNTAINS OF ASHOKAN, by ROBERT UNDERWOOD JOHNSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Henceforth what dream can e'er efface
Last Line: Would quaff new beauty in the glass!
Subject(s): Catskill Mountains, New York State; Water Supply; Dams; Reservoirs; Water Mains


THE GIFT OF WATER, by HAMLIN GARLAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Is water nigh?
Last Line: Brothers in bond of the water's ring.
Subject(s): Water


THE GREAT YELLOW RIVER INUNDATION IN CHINA, by WILLIAM MCGONAGALL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Twas in the year of 1887, and on the 28th of september
Last Line: For fear god punished you likewise for your iniquities.
Subject(s): China; Drowning; Floods; Rain; Rivers; Water


THE HARBOR: 1. MOSAIC, by TOM SLEIGH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Your face clears of expression, your eyes
Last Line: Our flesh/fish bodies puddlng molten
Subject(s): Boats; Relationships; Water


THE HARBOR: 2. BATH, by TOM SLEIGH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Buoyancy lifting us on each wave's crest
Last Line: The swell of your razoring whiplash tail
Subject(s): Boats; Water


THE INUNDATION OF THE SPRING, by EMILY DICKINSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
Last Line: For that peninsula
Subject(s): Water


THE IRON BRIDGE, by BILLY COLLINS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I am standing on a disused iron bridge
Last Line: With no end or name, some boundless province of water
Subject(s): Cormorants; Bridges; Mothers; Water; Death


THE LESSONS OF WATER, by DAVID WAGONER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When given a place to wait, it fills that place
Subject(s): Learning; Water


THE LITTLE ONE THE WATER-SPIRIT LOVED, by JANET B. MONTGOMERY MCGOVERN    Poem Text            
First Line: So young he could not go alone on earth
Last Line: Before whom I must smile dry-eyed?
Subject(s): Death - Children; Drowning; Mothers; Water; Death - Babies


THE MILL, by WILLIAM ALLINGHAM    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Two leaps the water from its race
Last Line: The second bounding snow.
Alternate Author Name(s): Pollex, D.; Walker, Patricius
Subject(s): Mills & Millers; Water


THE MIMOSA, by DAVID BAKER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Days and nights the dull metallic / hammer of welders' work
Last Line: The night is starting to burn and to bloom
Variant Title(s): The Mimosa:
Subject(s): Summer; Trees; Water


THE NYMPH, by PIERRE LOUIS    Poem Text            
First Line: The pool in the forest drinks her in, mirrors her, laughs with her
Last Line: Pool.
Alternate Author Name(s): Louys, Pierre
Subject(s): Baths & Bathing; Lakes; Nymphs; Water; Showers & Showering; Pools; Ponds


THE OLD MEADOW SPRING, by JOHN TROTWOOD MOORE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Down through the red-top blooming in the / sun
Last Line: And be a boy at the meadow spring.
Subject(s): Spring; Water


THE OLD SPRING, by MADISON JULIUS CAWEIN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Under rocks whereon the rose
Last Line: Falling, flowing, wild and white.
Subject(s): Springs (water)


THE OLD WATER-WHEEL, by JOHN RUSKIN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It lies beside the river; where its marge
Last Line: How they once sounded. All is silent now.
Subject(s): Water-wheels


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 100, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: For an image of life and death
Last Line: Both life and death are fine
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Death; Ice; Life; Reincarnation; Water; Dead, The; Transmigration; Pretas


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 82, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Spring water is pure in an emerald stream
Last Line: Focus on emptiness and the world grows still
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Quiet Life; Silence; Springs (water)


THE POEMS OF PICKUP: 49, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Woods and springs make me smile
Last Line: All I hear is noise
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Forests; Happiness; Nature; Springs (water); Woods; Joy; Delight


THE POOLS, by CHASE TWICHELL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I used to look into the green-brown
Subject(s): Water; Nature


THE RAIN COMES, by BERNICE LESBIA KENYON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Wind and rain and lightest snow
Last Line: Still she sits unheeding there.
Alternate Author Name(s): Gilkyson, Walter, Mrs.
Subject(s): Lightning; Rain; Storms; Water; Lightning Rods


THE RAINS, by CHARLES BADGER CLARK JR.    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: You've watched the ground-hog's shadow
Last Line: Did you ever see the comin' of the rains?
Alternate Author Name(s): Clark, Badger
Subject(s): Cowboys; Prairies; Rain; Spring; Water; Plains


THE RAVINE, by HAYDEN CARRUTH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Stones, brown tufted grass, but no water
Last Line: Day after day, I wonder what they mean
Subject(s): Water


THE RAVINE OF SAINT-GILLES, by CHARLES MARIE RENE LECONTE DE LISLE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The gorge is dark below the reeds' massed slimness
Last Line: And lights in him the eternal hope unquelled!
Subject(s): Hope; Nature; Water; Optimism


THE RING OF DEATH, by C. G. A. COLLES    Poem Text            
First Line: Where the bourke comes down to the level plains and junctions with the wills
Last Line: When the ancient coorabulkas fought their last great fight of all.
Subject(s): Aborigines, Australian; Animals; Curses; Death; Drought; Magic; Snakes; Water; Dead, The; Serpents; Vipers


THE RIVER RUNNING TO THE SEA, by JOHN LAURENCE RENTOUL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The river running to the sea
Last Line: To front the larger sea!
Alternate Author Name(s): Gage, Gervais
Subject(s): Rivers; Sea; Strength; Tides; Water; Ocean


THE SACRAMENT OF WATER, by WILLIAM ARTHUR DUNKERLEY    Poem Text            
First Line: Crystal clear from the throne of god
Last Line: For all fair, fresh, running water!
Alternate Author Name(s): Oxenham, John
Subject(s): Religion; Sacraments; Water; Theology


THE SAKIYEH, by MATHILDE BLIND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: How long shall man be nature's fool?' man cries
Last Line: Bound blindfold to the groaning wheel of time.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lake, Claude
Subject(s): Egypt; Water-wheels


THE SEA DREAM, by WILLIAM ROSE BENET    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tonight the loud waters, the loud and crying waters
Last Line: Cities, sea-dreaming through the night!
Subject(s): Mermaids & Mermen; Sea; Silence; Water; Waves; Ocean


THE SECRET OF THE WATERFALL, by WILLIAM ROSE BENET    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Silver waters smoothly slip / in an overarching flood
Last Line: And few there are who understand.
Subject(s): Floods; Marriage; Sound; Water; Waterfalls; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE SHIPS OF ARCADY, by FRANCIS LEDWIDGE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thro' the faintest filigree
Last Line: In the misty filigree.
Subject(s): Arcadians; Boats; Moon; Sailing & Sailors; Sea; Water; Arcadia; Seamen; Sails; Ocean


THE SHOWER, by FRANCES RIDLEY HAVERGAL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: On every budding leaf and flower
Last Line: Thy life, thy grace, thy light
Subject(s): Baths & Bathing; Rain; Tears; Water; Showers & Showering


THE SINGING FLOWER, by GONG PEIYU    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: I am already a singing flower
Last Line: Your singing flower.
Alternate Author Name(s): Shu Ting; Shu Ding
Subject(s): China - Democracy; Chinese Literature; Dreams; Poetry & Poets; Sea; Water; Nightmares; Ocean


THE SONG OF GLAUCUS, by LAURENT TAILHEDE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The sea! How blue, far off, the sonorous sea!
Last Line: Will watch a long time if I do not come.
Subject(s): Sea; Seaweed; Singing & Singers; Water; Waves; Ocean


THE SONG OF THE ELEMENTS, by MARY ANN BROWNE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I sit amidst the universe
Last Line: Of its own unvanquished power.
Alternate Author Name(s): Gray, James, Mrs.; Gray, Mary Anne Browne
Subject(s): Air; Earth; Fire; Universe; Water; World


THE SONG OF THE LIGHT CANOE, by HORACE SPENCER FISKE    Poem Text            
First Line: When the dew is fresh and the grasses wet
Last Line: When the flush of the sunset dies.
Subject(s): Boats; Canoes & Canoeing; Rivers; Sailing & Sailors; Water; Seamen; Sails


THE SONG OF THE SUSQUEHANNA, by ELEANOR G. R. YOUNG    Poem Text            
First Line: Straight from the cool green arms
Last Line: Of the dogwood's ivory gleam.
Subject(s): Brooks; Susquehanna (river); Travel; Water; Streams; Creeks; Journeys; Trips


THE SOWERS, by MARGARET LOUISA WOODS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Woe to the seed
Last Line: It finds a grave.
Alternate Author Name(s): Woods, Mrs. Margaret Louisa Bradley
Subject(s): Rain; Sea; Storms; Water; Ocean


THE SPRINGS OF FONTANA, by AGNES MARY F. ROBINSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The springs of fontana well high on the mountain
Last Line: Springs of fontana!
Alternate Author Name(s): Duclaux, Madame Emile; Darmesteter, Mary; Robinson, A. Mary F.
Subject(s): Italy; Springs (water); Italians


THE SUMMITS, by VICTOR DE LAPRADE    Poem Text            
First Line: I will go and drink the waters pure that feed the rolling river
Last Line: Shall never guess the wayfarer returned is even he.
Subject(s): Mountains; Water; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


THE SURF, by JURGIS BALTRUSHAITIS    Poem Text            
First Line: The day's wild ocean sings and thunders
Last Line: On hour in restless monotone.
Alternate Author Name(s): Baltrushaitis, George; Baltrushaitis, Iurgis; Baltrushaitis, Yurgis
Subject(s): Floods; Seashore; Surfing; Thunder; Water; Beach; Coast; Shore


THE TOAST: A SEA SONG, by CHARLES CAPRON MARSH    Poem Text            
First Line: Come drink to the toast that I give ye
Last Line: Drink health to our sweethearts and wives.
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Sailing & Sailors; Toasts; Water; Wine


THE TURNS OF THE WATERCOURSE, by JOHN BANISTER TABB    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It falls from heaven upon the hill
Last Line: It turns to heaven again.
Alternate Author Name(s): Father Tabb
Subject(s): Water


THE TWO GLASSES, by ELLA WHEELER WILCOX    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There sat two glasses filled to the brim
Last Line: On the rich man's table, rim to rim.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilson, Robert, Mrs.
Subject(s): Cups; Drinks & Drinking; Fables; Water; Wealth; Wine; Allegories; Riches; Fortunes


THE UNKNOWN HAVEN, by OLIVER MURRAY EDWARDS    Poem Text            
First Line: Break, o waves of ocean
Last Line: On some distant strand.
Subject(s): Boats; Sailing & Sailors; Sea; Water; Waves; Seamen; Sails; Ocean


THE UNREMITTING VOICE OF NIGHTLY STREAMS, by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
Last Line: Of water-breaks, with grateful heart could tel
Subject(s): Water; Sound


THE WASHER OF THE FORD, by WILLIAM SHARP    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: There is a lonely stream afar in a lone dim land
Last Line: Along that silent strand.
Alternate Author Name(s): Macleod, Fiona
Subject(s): Brooks; Goddesses & Gods; Mythology; Redemption; Silence; Sin; Water; Streams; Creeks


THE WATER CROWVOOT, by WILLIAM BARNES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: O small-feac'd flow'r that now dost bloom
Last Line: Fair small-feäc'd flow'r o' the frome.
Subject(s): Bridges; Brooks; Flowers; Water; Streams; Creeks


THE WATER FINDER, by GLENN WARD DRESBACH    Poem Text            
First Line: They heard him shuffling through the maple leaves
Last Line: The farmer chuckled as he got his jug.
Subject(s): Water Finders


THE WATER SPIRIT'S SONG, by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In the silent hour of even
Last Line: And with her till morn dwell joyously.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Moon; Sea; Singing & Singers; Stars; Water; Ocean


THE WATER! THE WATER!, by WILLIAM MOTHERWELL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
Last Line: As wandering on it sought its grave
Alternate Author Name(s): Brown, Isaac
Subject(s): Water


THE WATER-OUSEL, by ARTHUR CHRISTOPHER BENSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A shadow by the water's edge
Alternate Author Name(s): Benson, A. C.
Subject(s): Water Ousels


THE WATER-SPRINGS, by WILLIAM ROSE BENET    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Arbor and orchard in our soul's south land
Last Line: "give also springs of water!"
Subject(s): Fruit; Water Supply; Dams; Reservoirs; Water Mains


THE WATERLESS BRIDGE, by ROWLAND EYLES EGERTON-WARBURTON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Of water though the channel bare is
Last Line: A little water buy.
Alternate Author Name(s): Egerton-warburton, R. E.
Subject(s): Bridges; Water


THE WATERS, by PATRICK MACGILL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Placid it lies as death and passionless as the grave
Last Line: Till their pent-up rage broke forth on the men who curbed their will.
Subject(s): Floods; Water


THE WATERS OF H. BAPTISME, by JOSEPH BEAUMONT    Poem Text            
First Line: The worlds great lord as once he stood
Last Line: These onely sin.
Subject(s): Baptism; God; Water; Christenings


THE WATERS OF THE LAKE, by NELLIE E. FEALY    Poem Text            
First Line: Listen to the rippling waters / whispering
Last Line: They are talking with their god.
Subject(s): Water


THE WATERWHEEL, by ELEANOR VAN WINKLE    Poem Text            
First Line: Unending was the path the camel trod
Last Line: Serving a man-made god -- and they are blind!
Subject(s): Egypt; Water-wheels


THE WAY OF WATER, by LENA HALL    Poem Text            
First Line: Is there a way of water unextolled?
Last Line: Of a cool cup lifted to self-damned lips!
Subject(s): Water


THE WAYS OF WATER, by ALICE WALKER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: With your unknown
Subject(s): Water


THE WELL, by DENISE LEVERTOV    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The muse / in her dark habit
Subject(s): Water


THE WHOLE MOISTY NIGHT, by ROBERT BLY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The viking ship sails into the full harbor
Last Line: Water pours down, faint flute notes in the sound of the water
Subject(s): Water


THE WINTER SHORE, by THOMAS WADE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: A mighty change it is, and ominous
Last Line: Reigneth omnipotent.
Subject(s): Seashore; Seasons; Water; Wind; Winter; Beach; Coast; Shore


THESE BAPTIZING WATERS, by JEANNE EMMONS    Poem Source            
First Line: We are at the thin brink that marks
Last Line: These baptizing waters
Subject(s): Baptism; Catholics; Water


THIRTY-THIRD SPRING, by RODNEY TYNAN JACK    Poem Source            
First Line: Past a huge toppled pine
Last Line: Withstanding my own blight, I will %behold this sight again
Subject(s): Aging; Springs (water)


THIS-THAT, by ELISABETH RYNELL    Poem Source            
First Line: It scratches on the door
Last Line: Rocked in the wind's cradle
Subject(s): Emptiness; Grief; Rain; Storms; Water; Wind


THOUSAND WATERS OF APRIL, by ANTONIO MACHADO RUIZ    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
Last Line: Go clouds of cotton and ash
Alternate Author Name(s): Machado, Antonio; Machado Y Ruiz, Antonio
Subject(s): Rain; Water


THREE NIGHT SONGS: 2, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Moving in liquid dark
Last Line: But to freeze until another glacier comes.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Night; Water; Bedtime


THREE VARIATIONS ON ELEGIAC THEMES: I: 1821, by DON BOGEN    Poem Source            
First Line: By the lakeside where %water batters the flat
Last Line: Move yet hold what %pushed them in their shapes
Subject(s): Lakes; Water


THREE WASH DRAWINGS: 2. SURF, by WINIFRED WALDRON    Poem Text            
First Line: Wild white legions of foam!
Last Line: Ever the living pursuing the dying.
Subject(s): Seashore; Surfing; Water; Beach; Coast; Shore


TIDES, by INEZ BARCLAY KIRBY    Poem Text            
First Line: Once more you journey outward, weary tide
Last Line: Must vanish with the ebb tide's old despair.
Subject(s): Tides; Water


TIDES, by ARTHUR GLYN PRYS-JONES    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here to the sweep of the shore
Last Line: Shall send to pilot thee.
Subject(s): Death; Sailing & Sailors; Seashore; Tides; Wales; Water; Dead, The; Beach; Coast; Shore; Welshmen; Welshwomen


TO A MOUNTAIN SPRING, by RICHARD THOMAS LE GALLIENNE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Strange little spring, by channels past our telling
Last Line: Dancing, dimpling, welling, welling.
Subject(s): Springs (water)


TO A SPRING IN THE CUMBERLANDS, by EFFIE WALLER SMITH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Gurgling spring in sylvan beauty
Last Line: You will ever here abide.
Subject(s): Beauty; Cumberland Mountains; Springs (water)


TO DRINK, by LUCILA GODOY ALCAYAGA    Poem Source            
First Line: I remember gestures of infants
Last Line: And they were gestures of giving me water
Subject(s): Water


TOAST TO A FUTURE DAY, by PAUL CLAUDEL    Poem Source            
First Line: I have climbed to the highest point of the mountain
Last Line: Ringed with the seven-colored rainbow
Subject(s): Future; Mountains; Toasts; Water


TRINKET, by MARVIN BELL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: I love watching the water
Last Line: Small enough to contain it.
Subject(s): Plants; Self; Time; Water; Planting; Planters


TRIUMPH OF THE BLUE, by LUIS G. URBINA    Poem Source            
First Line: The glowing red of dawn paints the lake to pale blood
Last Line: Distance, the sail of a boat places its sweet note of virginal white
Subject(s): Boats; Lakes; Paintings And Painters; Water


TURNING, by JAMES MCCORKLE    Poem Source            
First Line: Icicles, as long-stemmed as ornaments or trumpets
Last Line: The ground ahead littered with leaves and molted %skins
Subject(s): Ice; Water


TWO ESKIMO SONGS: 2: HOW WATER BEGAN TO PLAY, by EDWARD JAMES HUGHES    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Water wanted to live
Last Line: Till it had no weeping left %it lay at the bottom of all things %utterly worn out utterly clear
Alternate Author Name(s): Hughes, Ted
Subject(s): Human Rights; Tears; Water; Weariness


TWO MOMENTS IN VENICE: 1. UNDER THE CANALS, by JAMES WRIGHT                Poet's Biography
First Line: All one needs to do is follow the sound of water
Alternate Author Name(s): Wright, James A.
Subject(s): Canals; Venice, Italy; Water


TWO MOMENTS IN VENICE: 1. UNDER THE CANALS, by JAMES WRIGHT    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: All one needs to do is follow the sound of water
Last Line: Under the water who have more than all the time they need
Alternate Author Name(s): Wright, James A.
Subject(s): Canals; Venice, Italy; Water


TWO STONES, ONE RIVER, by JANE YOLEN    Poem Source            
First Line: Nothing is as wise
Last Line: And sometimes running %in between
Subject(s): Water


UNDER COVER, by ROBERT PARHAM    Poem Source            
First Line: In the cedar forest %the rain drips
Last Line: And it is. %it does
Subject(s): Baths And Bathing; Rain; Water


UNDER THE WHARF, by IDA COLE BARTLATT    Poem Text            
First Line: Silurus shoals and water butterflies
Last Line: Rising from this dark flood to seek eternal breath?
Subject(s): Birds; Death; Floods; Gulls; Seashore; Water; Dead, The; Seagulls; Beach; Coast; Shore


UNDERTONES: CENTURY MINDED, by DAVID O'NEIL    Poem Text            
First Line: They've had their ration of good luck
Last Line: "the more there isn't any water."
Subject(s): Water


UNDERWATER, by J. D. KENNEDY    Poem Source            
First Line: Some days, in the ocean swells of her bed
Last Line: While the cat drifted in, and the red flowers %bobbed on the sill
Subject(s): Sea; Water


UNDERWATER BALLET, by MARILYN SINGER    Poem Source            
First Line: Flower petals %pumpkinseeds
Last Line: Flapping flippers %pond ballet
Subject(s): Water


VACATION: CALIFORNIA COAST, by ALBERT GOLDBARTH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Maybe it's because we're all born into this world
Last Line: Splitting, and wedding, and breaking, and healing
Subject(s): Divorce; Healing; Seashore; Water; Cures; Beach; Coast; Shore


VERSES ON THE SPRINGS AT BATH, by ? GROVES    Poem Source            
First Line: When bladud once espied some hogs
Last Line: The hogs thus banished by their prince, %have liv'd in bristol ever since
Subject(s): Bath, England; Mythology; Pigs; Springs (water)


VIRGINIA, by VIRGINIA STAIT    Poem Text            
First Line: I know not how her trees compare
Last Line: Me, resurrection's spring!
Subject(s): Flowers; Mountains; Trees; Water; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


WALKING, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Walking back on a chill morning past kilmer's lake
Last Line: Dark endless weight of water.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Hunting; Nature; Walking; Water; Hunters


WASHED AWAY: A DOUBLE HAIKU, by JANE YOLEN    Poem Source            
First Line: Leaf upon the land
Last Line: Rip me from my shore
Subject(s): Water


WASHING OUR HANDS OF THE REST OF AMERICA, by MARVIN BELL    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: The water is moving again in the lakes of central america
Subject(s): Allergies; Disease; Earth; Nature; Pollution; Sickness; Water; World; Illness


WASHING THE DOG: A HAIKU, by JANE YOLEN    Poem Source            
First Line: The dog was filthy
Last Line: Bubbles in the grass
Subject(s): Water


WATCHING RUNNING WATER, by EDMUND CHARLES BLUNDEN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: How swift and smooth this water glinters past!
Last Line: My spirit seems in readiness to die.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blunden, Edmund
Subject(s): Water


WATER, by JOSEPH AUSLANDER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Water remembered, treasured up
Last Line: Breathing bread.
Subject(s): Water


WATER, by ELIZA COOK    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Wine, wine, thy power and praise
Last Line: The minstrel's song and a tithe of fame.
Subject(s): Water


WATER, by ROBERT CREELEY    Poem Text         Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: Water drips
Subject(s): Water


WATER, by RALPH WALDO EMERSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The water understands
Last Line: Elegantly destroy.
Subject(s): Water


WATER, by THOMAS STURGE MOORE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Tell me what hath water done?'
Last Line: "when tear-washed hearts recapture bliss."
Alternate Author Name(s): Moore, T. Sturge
Subject(s): Water


WATER COLOR, by DEAN BELDEN LYMAN JR.    Poem Text            
First Line: Along the winding reaches of the river
Last Line: Hark, in the distance! Hark to the night-owl crying.
Subject(s): Water


WATER CONTENT, by BIAN ZHILIN    Poem Source            
First Line: The sponge containing the most water
Last Line: Don't say water is soft, flowering branch. %lift up your sadface, lift it up
Subject(s): Water


WATER GUNS, by MARILYN SINGER    Poem Source            
First Line: We're having a water war
Last Line: And then it starts %to rain
Subject(s): Water


WATER I'LL HAVE, by DOROTHY BURGESS    Poem Text            
First Line: Now it's water I'll have to live beside
Last Line: And an old, old promise broken.
Subject(s): Water


WATER JEWELS, by JANE YOLEN    Poem Source            
First Line: How well bedecked the weeds become
Last Line: And raindrop diadems
Subject(s): Water


WATER LILY, by JANE YOLEN    Poem Source            
First Line: Pond lotus, open up your face
Last Line: Water lily, welcome me
Subject(s): Water


WATER LOG, by JR. ORVAL A. LUND    Poem Source            
First Line: Lake water waits. %that's %what it does best. And I
Last Line: Will understand the loon %laughing back
Subject(s): Lakes; Swimming; Water


WATER MAKES MANY BEDS, by EMILY DICKINSON                Poet's Biography
Last Line: Whose axis never comes
Variant Title(s): Poem: 1428; Poem: 144
Subject(s): Water


WATER MUSIC, by MARILYN SINGER    Poem Source            
First Line: Water has such a powerful voice
Last Line: Water has such a powerful voice
Subject(s): Water


WATER MUSIC, by JANE YOLEN    Poem Source            
First Line: I do not hear a noise
Last Line: Where water sings across the rocks %with perfect pitch
Subject(s): Water


WATER NOISES, by ELIZABETH MADOX ROBERTS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When I am playing by myself
Last Line: "the water say, ""and do you think?"
Subject(s): Water


WATER SERPENTS (1), by DAVID ST. JOHN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Beneath the lit silk of your naked body
Last Line: The dark sailor's body is found
Subject(s): Animals; Snakes; Water; Serpents; Vipers


WATER SERPENTS (1), by DAVID ST. JOHN    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Beneath the lit silk of your naked body
Last Line: Those brash & roiling fields of ruby kelp where %the dark sailor's body is found
Subject(s): Animals; Snakes; Water


WATER SERPENTS (2), by DAVID ST. JOHN    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: When they found her daughter in the river
Last Line: & everywhere inside her a gallery of faces clenched against her given name
Subject(s): Animals; Daughters; Death; Snakes; Water


WATER SILLIES, by FAIRFAX DOWNEY    Poem Text            
First Line: In a red canoe
Last Line: Calls home his daughter.
Subject(s): Canoes & Canoeing; Kisses; Water


WATER SKETCHES, by A. WALTER SOLOMON    Poem Text            
First Line: Fragile river boats
Last Line: Of silver moire.
Subject(s): Geography; Rivers; Water


WATER SONG, by SOLOMON IBN GABIROL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The feast's begun
Last Line: Like streams of water, streams of water.
Alternate Author Name(s): Ibn Gabirol; Solomon Ben Yehuda Ibn Gabirol
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Fasts & Feasts; Jews; Thirst; Water; Wine; Judaism


WATER SPIDER, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
Last Line: But cannot shake the lake
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Insects; Nature; Spiders; Water


WATER STORY, by CORTNEY DAVIS    Poem Source            
First Line: I love the living sound of my plant when I water it
Last Line: I carry this story on my white shoes
Subject(s): Birth; Life; Medicine; Nurses; Physicians; Water


WATER STRIDERS ON PAPER MILL CREEK, by WILLIAM WITHERUP    Poem Source            
First Line: Do they delight %in being lighter than water
Last Line: Between shadow and sun
Subject(s): Brooks; Water


WATER TABLE, by MEENA ALEXANDER    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: A river flows under my window
Last Line: I have set a table for you, %come, come, quick!
Subject(s): Rivers; Water


WATER TABLE, by BILLY COLLINS    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: It is on dry sunny days like this one that I find myself
Subject(s): Water


WATER TABLE, by JAMES GALVIN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: How shy the attraction / of simple rain to the east wind
Last Line: To write his name
Subject(s): Autumn; Brooks; Mines & Miners; Mountains; Nature; Seasons; September; Water; Fall; Streams; Creeks; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


WATER TOWER AT WALDO, by DAISY MARITA BISHOP    Poem Text            
First Line: A huge upthrust of turreted, white stone
Last Line: And, half concealed, one violet blooms, alone.
Subject(s): Water; Water Supply; Dams; Reservoirs; Water Mains


WATER WITCH, by JOHN CRUTCHFIELD    Poem Source            
First Line: What we of gloomy dust
Last Line: When the murmuring comes
Subject(s): Water; Witchcraft And Witches


WATER WITHOUT SOUND, by MALKA HEIFETZ TUSSMAN    Poem Source            
First Line: The sea %tore a rib from its side
Last Line: What can be sadder than water %without sound?
Subject(s): Water


WATER WOMAN, by JOSEPH AUSLANDER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Having lived here so long, she
Last Line: When she was done.
Subject(s): Birds; Sea; Water; Ocean


WATER!, by STEWART VAN DER VEER    Poem Text            
First Line: Standing at dawn on blue mountain, beside the old spring
Last Line: "worship the great god water till your blood, bones and sinews are dust."
Subject(s): Thirst; Water


WATER, WINTER, FIRE, by MARVIN BELL    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: In the little light of dawn
Last Line: Now it is useless to be home.
Subject(s): Death; Fire; Home; Loss; Water; Winter; Dead, The


WATER-POEM: A PRAYER & INVOCATION TO THE PRINCE OF RAIN, by ELEAZAR HA-KALLIR    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Af-bri / sign
Subject(s): Jews; Mysticism - Judaism; Water; Judaism


WATERCOLORS, by MARILYN SINGER    Poem Source            
First Line: Turquoise, teal, aquamarine
Last Line: To understand just how black %black can be
Subject(s): Water


WATERFALL, by JANE YOLEN    Poem Source            
First Line: Waterfall. %waterfall
Last Line: Into its own quiet %pool
Subject(s): Water


WATERS STILL, by OLIVER MURRAY EDWARDS    Poem Text            
First Line: Neath my casement window
Last Line: To my window sill.
Subject(s): Lakes; Water; Pools; Ponds


WATERSHED, by JAMES GALVIN    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here the land is tilted / like a gambrel roof. The world
Last Line: The knife that cuts the rain in two, the lie
Subject(s): Colorado (state); Mountains; Water; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


WAVE (DISSECTED), by DENNIS HINRICHSEN    Poem Source            
First Line: Is no less remarkable
Last Line: It all %with measureless silk
Subject(s): Water; Waves


WE THIRST AT FIRST, - 'TIS NATURE'S ACT, by EMILY DICKINSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
Last Line: Termed immortality
Subject(s): Water


WELL WATER, by FRAZEE TUCKER    Poem Text            
First Line: Bring me a drink
Last Line: The water from the northwest corner of the well.
Subject(s): Pioneers; Water


WELLS, by MARILYN SINGER    Poem Source            
First Line: Water is too easy here
Last Line: What is not yours to own
Subject(s): Water


WELLS II, by MICHAEL ONDAATJE    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The last sinhala word I lost
Subject(s): Language; Childhood Memories; Farewell; Loss; Water; Words; Vocabulary; Parting


WET EDEN, by JANE YOLEN    Poem Source            
First Line: What is there beyond water
Last Line: Therein to live, to die
Subject(s): Water


WHAT COMES AFTER THIS, by LUCILLE CLIFTON    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Water earth fire air
Last Line: After this -- whether it is air %or it is nothing
Subject(s): Air; Earth; Fire; Future; Introspection; Water


WHAT MYSTERY PERVADES A WELL!, by EMILY DICKINSON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
Last Line: The nearer her they get
Subject(s): Water; Wells


WHAT WATER CAN BE, by MARILYN SINGER    Poem Source            
First Line: A furrow that's filling
Last Line: One drop on your eyelash %water, selective
Subject(s): Water


WHEN EVERYTHING HAS THE ALLUSION OF WATER, by VICKI L. VIETTI    Poem Source            
First Line: I lived on the mississippi river
Last Line: My mother will wear it always
Subject(s): Life; Water


WHEN YOU SEE WATER, by ALICE WALKER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: When you see water in a stream
Subject(s): Water


WHERE ARE THE ATERS OF CHLDHOOD?, by MARK STRAND    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: See where the windows are boarded up,
Subject(s): Children; Water; Childhood


WHITE, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: To move into it again, as it was
Last Line: To look again at the reflection of her huge eye in water.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Cows; Water; White (color)


WILD DUCKS FLOATING BY, by WALTER ROBERT MCDONALD    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Under spruce trees with roots dangling from a cutbank
Last Line: To him by his river swiftly out of sight
Alternate Author Name(s): Mcdonald, Walt
Subject(s): Ducks; Water


WILL COGAN'S MAP, by TOM DOMEK    Poem Source            
First Line: Mine are the drills
Last Line: Like dust in my skull
Subject(s): Depressions, Economic; North Dakota; Prairies; Water Supply; Wells


WILLIE DROWNED IN YARROW, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source            
First Line: Down in yon garden sweet and gay
Last Line: Syne, in the cleaving of a craig, %she found him dorwn'd in yarrow!
Subject(s): Yarrow (water), Scotland


WINTER RAIN, by EVA BERRY HARRIS    Poem Text            
First Line: The day is gray and chill and bleak
Last Line: Still leaden gloom and whistling rain!
Subject(s): Rain; Tears; Water


WITCHING ON HARDSCRABBLE, by WALTER ROBERT MCDONALD    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Farming on dry land, a man keeps his witch-stick
Last Line: Brought in elsewhere in texas. With my own eyes.
Alternate Author Name(s): Mcdonald, Walt
Variant Title(s): Witching
Subject(s): Drought; Farm Life; Prairies - Texas; Water; Agriculture; Farmers; Plains - Texas


WOMAN OF AIR, WOMAN OF WATER, by GLORIA DIEZ    Poem Source            
First Line: I know that a seaweed wind
Last Line: Will be a woman of earth %a woman of fire
Subject(s): Earth; Fire; Human Rights; Water; Wind


WORDSWORTH AT GRASMERE, by JOHN DRINKWATER    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: These hills and waters fostered you
Last Line: Its kingdom in the thought of man.
Subject(s): Eyes; Mountains; Time; Water; Hills; Downs (great Britain)


WORLDS FROM WATER, by HEID E. ERDRICH    Poem Source            
First Line: Always. %loon, her red eye a dart in darkness
Last Line: What in 1492 was found %was also lost
Subject(s): Boundaries; Geology; Water


WRITING IN WATER, by RAD SMITH    Poem Source            
First Line: It is not like writing in blood
Last Line: Someplace to plant their feet
Subject(s): Water; Writing And Writers


YARROW REVISITED, by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: The gallant youth, who may have gained
Last Line: To memory's shadowy moonshine!
Subject(s): Yarrow (water), Scotland


YARROW UNVISITED, by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: From stirling castle we had seen
Last Line: "the bonny holms of yarrow!"
Subject(s): Yarrow (water), Scotland


YARROW VISITED, by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: And is this -- yarrow? -- tis the stream
Last Line: And cheer my mind in sorrow.
Subject(s): Yarrow (water), Scotland


YEAR'S FIRST RAIN, by JOHN PEPPER CLARK    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: Rain comes %after long surcease in desert
Last Line: Swollen already with the life to break at day
Alternate Author Name(s): Clark-bekederemo, J. P.; Clark, J. P.
Subject(s): Floods; Rain; Water


YOU, by NORMAN DUBIE    Poem Source             Poet's Biography
First Line: The sunlight passes through the window into the room
Last Line: Still heavy with its desire to be the cloud.
Subject(s): Desire; Light; Love; Sewing; Water


YOU, by ISABEL ECCLESTONE MACKAY    Poem Text             Poet's Biography
First Line: Slanting rain and a sky of gray
Last Line: And you—at home!
Subject(s): Absence; Grief; Love; Rain; Water; Separation; Isolation; Sorrow; Sadness