English poems

Saint Francis of Assisi – Canticle of the Sun


Most high, all powerful, all good Lord!
All praise is Yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessing.

To You, alone, Most High, do they belong.
No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your name.

Be praised, my Lord, through all Your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who ...

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Wystan Hugh Auden – Refugee blues

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Say this city has ten million souls,
Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes:
Yet there’s no place for us, my dear, yet there’s no place for us.

Once we had a country and we thought it fair,
Look in the atlas and you’ll find it there: ...

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Charles Bukowski – before Aids

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I’m glad I got to them
all, I’m glad I got so many of them

I flipped them
poked them
gored them.

so many high-heeled shoes
under my bed
it looked like a January
Clearance Sale.

the cheap hotel rooms,
the drunken fights,
the phones ringing,
the walls banging ...

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Fernando Pessoa – The king of gaps


There lived, I know not when, never perhaps –
But the fact is he lived – an unknown king
Whose kingdom was the strange Kingdom of Gaps.
He was lord of what is twixt thing and thing,
Of interbeings, of that part of us
That lies between our waking and ...

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Leonard Cohen – True Love Leaves No Traces


As the mist leaves no scar
On the dark green hill
So my body leaves no scar
On you and never will
Through windows in the dark
The children come, the children go
Like arrows with no targets
Like shackles made of snow

True love leaves no traces
If you ...

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Mary Dorcey – A Woman in another war

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Somedays when we kiss
we close our eyes.
Somedays when we close our eyes
we kiss.
Somedays we do not read the newspaper.

A woman was getting on a bus,
I was reading the newspaper.
The woman carried a baby in a carry cot -
Mind your step, another woman ...

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