Poem of the day: The complaint

THE COMPLAINT By William Woodsworth There is a change— and I am poor;Your love hath been, nor long ago,A fountain at my fond heart’s door,Whose only business was to flow;And flow it did; not taking heedOf its own bounty, or my need.What happy moments did I count!Blest was I then all bliss above!Now, for thatContinue reading “Poem of the day: The complaint”

Poem of the day: Hysteria

HysteriaBY T.S. ELIOT As she laughed I was aware of becoming involved in her laughter and being part of it, until her teeth were only accidental stars with a talent for squad-drill. I was drawn in by short gasps, inhaled at each momentary recovery, lost finally in the dark caverns of her throat, bruised byContinue reading “Poem of the day: Hysteria”

Poem of the day: A face from the past

A FACE FROM THE PAST By Menella Bute Smedley Out of the Past there has come a Face;Wherefore I do not know;I did not call it from its place,I cannot make it go;In the night it was very near,And it looks at me to-day,With well-known eyes, so kind, so dear,And it will not go away.IContinue reading “Poem of the day: A face from the past”

Poem of the day: Let these be your desires

LET THESE BE YOUR DESIRES BY KHALIL GIBRAN Love has no other desire but to fulfill itselfBut if your love and must needs have desires,Let these be your desires:To melt and be like a running brookThat sings its melody to the night.To know the pain of too much tenderness.To be wounded by your own understandingContinue reading “Poem of the day: Let these be your desires”

Poem of the day: Symphony in yellow

SYMPHONY IN YELLOW BY OSCAR WILDE An omnibus across the bridgeCrawls like a yellow butterfly,And, here and there a passer-byShows like a little restless midge.Big barges full of yellow hayAre moored against the shadowy wharf,And, like a yellow silken scarf,The thick fog hangs along the quay.The yellow leaves begin to fadeAnd flutter from the templeContinue reading “Poem of the day: Symphony in yellow”

Poem of the day: William street

WILLIAM STREET BY KENNETH SLESSOR The red globe of light, the liquor green,the pulsing arrows and the running firespilt on the stones, go deeper than a stream;You find this ugly, I find it lovelyGhosts’ trousers, like the dangle of hung men,in pawn-shop windows, bumping knee by knee,but none inside to suffer or condemn;You find thisContinue reading “Poem of the day: William street”

Poem of the day: Mirror

MIRROR By Sylvia Plath I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.Whatever I see I swallow immediatelyJust as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.I am not cruel, only truthful,The eye of a little god, four-cornered.Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall.It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at itContinue reading “Poem of the day: Mirror”

Poem of the day: Sea-fever

SEA-FEVERBY JOHN MASEFIELD I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawnContinue reading “Poem of the day: Sea-fever”

Poem of the day: A poison tree

A POISON TREE By William Blake I was angry with my friend:I told my wrath, my wrath did end.I was angry with my foe:I told it not, my wrath did grow.And I watered it in fears,Night and morning with my tears;And I sunned it with smiles,And with soft deceitful wiles.And it grew both day andContinue reading “Poem of the day: A poison tree”

Poem of the day: The explosion

THE EXPLOSIONBy Philip Larkin On the day of the explosionShadows pointed towards the pithead:In the sun the slagheap slept.Down the lane came men in pitbootsCoughing oath-edged talk and pipe-smoke,Shouldering off the freshened silence.One chased after rabbits; lost them;Came back with a nest of lark’s eggs;Showed them; lodged them in the grasses.So they passed in beardsContinue reading “Poem of the day: The explosion”