Business poems

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To Any Reader

© Robert Louis Stevenson

As from the house your mother sees

You playing round the garden trees,

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Jubilate Agno (excerpt)

© Christopher Smart

For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry.

For he is the servant of the Living God duly and daily serving him.

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Lambert Hutchins

© Edgar Lee Masters

I have two monuments besides this granite obelisk:

One, the house I built on the hill,

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Inheritance-His

© Audre Lorde

Does an image of return
wealthy and triumphant
warm your chilblained fingers
as you count coins in the Manhattan snow
or is it only Linda
who dreams of home?

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Who Runs America?

© Allen Ginsberg

Oil brown smog over Denver
Oil red dung colored smoke
level to level across the horizon

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24. Song-No Churchman am I

© Robert Burns

NO churchman am I for to rail and to write,
No statesman nor soldier to plot or to fight,
No sly man of business contriving a snare,
For a big-belly’d bottle’s the whole of my care.

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Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood

© William Wordsworth

The child is father of the man;And I could wish my days to be Bound each to each by natural piety. (Wordsworth, "My Heart Leaps Up")

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To her Sister Mistress A. B.

© Isabella Whitney

Because I to my brethern wrote and to my sisters two:Good sister Anne, you this might wote, if so I should not doTo you, or ere I parted hence,You vainly had bestowed expence.

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An Order Prescribed, by Is. W., to two of her Younger Sisters Serving in London

© Isabella Whitney

Good sisters mine, when I shall further from you dwell,Peruse these lines, observe the rules which in the same I tell

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What's the Good?

© Studdert Kennedy Geoffrey Anketell

Well, I've done my bit o' scrappin', And I've done in quite a lot;Nicked 'em neatly wiv my bayonet, So I needn't waste a shot

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From the Life

© Stallworthy Jon

"All this takes place on a hilly island in the Mediterranean," Picasso said

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Good Friday. Driving Westward

© Spires Elizabeth

...being by others hurried every day, Scarce in a yeare their naturall forme obey: Pleasure or businesse, so, our Soules admit For their first mover, and are whirld by it. JOHN DONNE

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Jubilate Agno

© Christopher Smart

For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry

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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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The Contractor

© Reibetanz John

When God made me, there was a war on:Supplies were scarce, so He did it on the cheap.Oh, not that He produced a moronOr paraplegic by starving my fetal sleep --

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Sestina Otiosa

© Raleigh Walter Alexander

Our great work, the Otia Merseiana,Edited by learned Mister Sampson,And supported by Professor Woodward,Is financed by numerous Bogus MeetingsHastily convened by Kuno MeyerTo impose upon the Man of Business

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Business

© Moritz Albert Frank

Stiff, thick: the white hair of the broad-faced father,who leads his shambling son alongcracked sidewalks, by dusty glass half hidinggoods never sold

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Paradise Regain'd: Book II (1671)

© John Milton

MEan while the new-baptiz'd, who yet remain'dAt Jordan with the Baptist, and had seenHim whom they heard so late expresly call'dJesus Messiah Son of God declar'd,And on that high Authority had believ'd,And with him talkt, and with him lodg'd, I meanAndrew and Simon, famous after knownWith others though in Holy Writ not nam'd,Now missing him thir joy so lately found,So lately found, and so abruptly gone,Began to doubt, and doubted many days,And as the days increas'd, increas'd thir doubt:Sometimes they thought he might be only shewn,And for a time caught up to God, as onceMoses was in the Mount, and missing long;And the great Thisbite who on fiery wheelsRode up to Heaven, yet once again to come