Category Archives: Pocket Poems

Air of November by Denise Levertov (pocket poem)

Air of November by Denise Levertov In the autumn brilliance feathers tingle at fingertips. This tingling brilliance burns under cover of gray air and brown lazily unfalling leaves, it eats into stillness zestfully with sound of plucked strings, steel and brass strings of the zither, copper and silver wire played with a gold ring, a […]

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Pocket Poem: Daring Enough to Finish by Rumi

Daring Enough to Finish By Rumi Face that lights my face, you spin intelligence into these particles I am. Your wind shivers my tree. My mouth tastes sweet with your name in it. You make my dance daring enough to finish. No more timidity! Let fruit fall and wind turn my roots up in the […]

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Pocket Poem: Natural History by E.B. White

Natural History By E.B. White   The spider, dropping down from twig, Unwinds a thread of her devising: A thin, premeditated rig To use in rising. And all the journey down through space, In cool descent, and loyal-hearted, She builds a ladder to the place From which she started. Thus I, gone forth, as spiders […]

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Lines on Ale by Edgar Allan Poe (Pocket Poem)

Lines on Ale by Edgar Allan Poe   Fill with mingled cream and amber, I will drain that glass again. Such hilarious visions clamber through the chamber of my brain – Quaintest thoughts – queerest fancies come to life and fade away; What care I how time advances: I am drinking ale today.

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Ode to Socks by Pablo Neruda (Pocket Poem)

Ode to Socks by Pablo Neruda Mara Mori brought me A pair of socks that she wove with her shepherdess hands, two socks soft as rabbits. I put my feet in them like in two cases woven with threads of twilight and sheep-skin. Violent socks, my feet were two woolen fish two long sharks of […]

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Giving Poem by Emily Dickinson (Pocket Poem)

Giving Poem by Emily Dickinson If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain. If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain..

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Blue-Butterfly Day by Robert Frost (Pocket Poem)

It is blue-butterfly day here in spring, And with these sky-flakes down in flurry on flurry There is more unmixed color on the wing Than flowers will show for days unless they hurry.   But these are flowers that fly and all but sing: And now from having ridden out desire They lie closed over […]

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To Waken An Old Lady By William Carlos Williams (Pocket Poem)

To Waken An Old Lady By William Carlos Williams   Old age is A flight of small Cheeping birds Skimming Bare trees Above a snow glaze. Gaining and failing They are buffeted By a dark wind— But what? On harsh weedstalks The flock has rested, The snow Is covered with broken Seedhusks And the wind […]

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Snow By Vladimir Nabokov (Pocket Poem)

Snow By Vladimir Nabokov   Oh, that sound! Across snow – creak, creak, creak: somebody walking in long boots of felt. Stout, spirally twisted ice, sharp points inverted, hangs from the eaves. The snow is crumpy and shiny. (Oh, that sound!) My hand sled behind me, far from dragging, seems to run by itself: it […]

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Two Kinds of Intelligence by Rumi (Pocket Poem)

Two Kinds of Intelligence by Rumi   There are two kinds of intelligence: one acquired, as a child in school memorizes facts and concepts from books and from what the teacher says, collecting information from the traditional sciences as well as from the new sciences.   With such intelligence you rise in the world. You […]

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