Family 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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My Great Great Etc. Uncle Patrick Henry

© James Tate

There's a fortune to be made in just about everything

in this country, somebody's father had to invent

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Loyalty

© James Tate

This is the hardest part:

When I came back to life

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Dream On

© James Tate

Some people go their whole lives

without ever writing a single poem.

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The Comedian As The Letter C

© Wallace Stevens

379 Trinket pasticcio, flaunting skyey sheets,
380 With Crispin as the tiptoe cozener?
381 No, no: veracious page on page, exact.

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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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The Lion

© Vachel Lindsay

The Lion is a kingly beast.
He likes a Hindu for a feast.
And if no Hindu he can get,
The lion-family is upset.

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Death and Fame

© Allen Ginsberg

When I die

I don't care what happens to my body

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136. Prayer-O Thou Dread Power

© Robert Burns

O THOU dread Power, who reign’st above,
I know thou wilt me hear,
When for this scene of peace and love,
I make this prayer sincere.

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Ten Little Injuns

© Winner Septimus

Ten little Injuns standin' in a line,One toddled home and then there were nine;Nine little Injuns swingin' on a gate,One tumbled off and then there were eight.

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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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Passe-Port

© Sullivan Rosemary

We pass the turnstileinto your country.The computer spits you out --You're no longer on its mind.

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Farmer's Daughter

© Sullivan Rosemary

I spent the longest timetrying to find you,the vague woman in a houseroaring with a man's need.

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Euclid Street

© Sullivan Rosemary

She stands on the porch, late

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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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Blue

© Chris Abani

Africans in the hold fold themselves
to make room for hope. In the afternoon’s
ferocity, tar, grouting the planks like the glue
of family, melts to the run of a child’s licorice stick.