Category Archives: poems

The Rose

The Rose I listened to the dream of the rose, The chaste, cool fragrance sprayed From out of her passionate flower’s soul; I listened to it with all of my senses, And it intoxicated me.   She dreamed of the … Continue reading

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Through the Flower

Through the Flower   I can’t tell you the flower’s name, Which is like your soul. It must burn a deep scarlet, Such flowers wilt easily.   And when its red charm is gone, It wants to become young again. … Continue reading

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Otherwise

Otherwise   You have described me wonderfully, How I have almost destroyed your love; But me—you—you don’t love me, Otherwise you would love me differently.   Otherwise you would want to please your friend, And not think of reputation and … Continue reading

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On Longing

On Longing I have baptized you “Switch”, Because you are so slender, And because God wants to chastise me with you, And because there is a longing in your motion Like in the slender poplars in April.   I don’t … Continue reading

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The Pirate

The Pirate After José de Espronceda   With ten cannons, polished on board, With full sails before the wind, As swift as the wings of a gull, A skiff prowls through the flood: The skiff of the pirate Herr, Known … Continue reading

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The Winged Torch

The Winged Torch   You desire a symbol for you and your house, Which is a symbol of happiness for all time; Yet which image is so rich and free, As to symbolize the desires of so many souls.   … Continue reading

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Pro Domo

Pro Domo   Who desires applause, requires skill! Whether man’s work, whether a children’s book: The artist is as old as the world. That is his blessing; that is his curse. When he errs as a young dandy, He still … Continue reading

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