Animal poems

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The Emigrants: Book II

© Charlotte Turner Smith

Scene, on an Eminence on one of those Downs, which afford to the South a view of the Sea; to the North of the Weald of Sussex. Time, an Afternoon in April, 1793.


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Not Expecting An Answer

© Ruth Stone

This tedious letter to you,


what is one Life to another?

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Duino Elegies

© Rainer Maria Rilke

The First Elegy


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Two Songs

© Adrienne Rich

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Sex, as they harshly call it,

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The Animals Sick of the Plague

© Wright Elizur

The sorest ill that Heaven hath Sent on this lower world in wrath,-- The plague (to call it by its name,) One single day of which Would Pluto's ferryman enrich,-- Waged war on beasts, both wild and tame

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Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour. July 13, 1798

© William Wordsworth

Five years have past; five summers, with the lengthOf five long winters! and again I hearThese waters, rolling from their mountain-springsWith a soft inland murmur

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FINIS. To the Superior Animal

© Waring Anna Letitia

To sum up all, I'm old -- and that's A fact the years decide;It is a common thing with cats And not a thing to hide.

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Paraboles

© Paul Verlaine

Soyez béni, Seigneur, qui m'avez fait chrétienDans ces temps de féroce ignorance et de haine;Mais donnez-moi la force et l'audace sereineDe vous être à toujours fidèle comme un chien,

De vous être l'agneau destiné qui suit bienSa mère et ne sait faire au pâtre aucune peine,Sentant qu'il doit sa vie encore, après sa laine,Au maître, quand il veut utiliser ce bien,

Le poisson, pour servir au Fils de monogramme,L'ânon obscur qu'un jour en triomphe il monta,Et, dans ma chair, les porcs qu'à l'abîme il jeta

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The Long and the Short of It

© Venright Steve

The good news is that Jesus has returned.The bad news is that he's brought his family.The result is that nothing will ever be the same again (not that it ever was).

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At Midocean

© Robert Bly

All day I loved you in a fever holding on to the tail of the horse.


I overflowed whenever I reached out to touch you.

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KINDNESS TO ANIMALS

© Arthur James Marshall Smith

Be kind to animals, my child:Don't make the gentle ringworm wild.

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Frog, The

© Hilaire Belloc

No animal will more repay
A treatment kind and fair;
At least so lonely people say
Who keep a frog (and, by the way,
They are extremely rare).

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Flight into Reality

© Rowley Rosemarie

Dedicated to the memory of my best friend Georgina, (1942-74)and to her husband Alex Burns and their childrenNulles laides amours ne belles prison -Lord Herbert of Cherbury

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Cyder

© Philips John

-- -- Honos erit huic quoq; Pomo? Virg.

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The Vow

© Peacock Molly

Every time you suffer disappointmentit makes me fall in love with you againbecause I almost cannot bear to seethe dumbstruck purity in your face benton figuring how or why you couldn't seeit coming

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Mid-America Prayer

© Ortiz Simon Joseph

Standing againwithin and among all things,Standing with each otheras sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers,daughters and sons, grandmothers and grandfathers --the past and present generations of our people,Standing againwith and among all items of life,the land, rivers, the mountains, plants, animals,all life that is around usthat we are included with,Standing within the circle of the horizon,the day sky and the night sky,the sun, moon, the cycle of seasonsand the earth mother which sustains us,Standing againwith all thingsthat have been in the past,that are in the present,and that will be in the futurewe acknowledge ourselvesto be in a relationship that is responsibleand proper, that is loving and compassionate,for the sake of the land and all people;we ask humbly of the creative forces of lifethat we be given a portionwith which to help ourselves so that our struggleand work will also be creativefor the continuance of life,Standing again, within, among all thingswe ask in all sincerity, for hope, courage, peace,strength, vision, unity and continuance