Pet poems

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I can't tell you -- but you feel it

© Emily Dickinson

I can't tell you -- but you feel it --
Nor can you tell me --
Saints, with ravished slate and pencil
Solve our April Day!

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I met a King this afternoon!

© Emily Dickinson

I met a King this afternoon!
He had not on a Crown indeed,
A little Palmleaf Hat was all,
And he was barefoot, I'm afraid!

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A sepal, petal, and a thorn

© Emily Dickinson

A sepal, petal, and a thorn
Upon a common summer's morn --
A flask of Dew -- A Bee or two --
A Breeze -- a caper in the trees --
And I'm a Rose!

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"Sic transit gloria mundi"

© Emily Dickinson

"Sic transit gloria mundi,"
"How doth the busy bee,"
"Dum vivimus vivamus,"
I stay mine enemy!

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The Satrapy

© Constantine Cavafy

What a misfortune, although you are made
for fine and great works
this unjust fate of yours always
denies you encouragement and success;

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Ts'ai Chi'h

© Ezra Pound

The petals fall in the fountain,
the orange-coloured rose-leaves,
Their ochre clings to the stone.

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In A Station Of The Metro

© Ezra Pound

The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.

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The Three Taverns

© Edwin Arlington Robinson

When the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum, and The Three Taverns.—(Acts xxviii, 15)
Herodion, Apelles, Amplias,
And Andronicus? Is it you I see—
At last? And is it you now that are gazing

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The Book of Annandale

© Edwin Arlington Robinson

IPartly to think, more to be left alone,
George Annandale said something to his friends—
A word or two, brusque, but yet smoothed enough
To suit their funeral gaze—and went upstairs;

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Into the Dusk-Charged Air

© John Ashbery

Birds circle the Ticino. In winter
The Var was dark blue, unfrozen. The
Thwaite, cold, is choked with sandy ice;
The Ardèche glistens feebly through the freezing rain.

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Daffy Duck In Hollywood

© John Ashbery

Something strange is creeping across me.
La Celestina has only to warble the first few bars
Of "I Thought about You" or something mellow from
Amadigi di Gaula for everything--a mint-condition can