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The Princess: Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Now sleeps the crimson petal, now the white;
Nor waves the cypress in the palace walk;
Nor winks the gold fin in the porphyry font. . . .

Prison Song

By Alan Dugan

The skin ripples over my body like moon-wooed water,
rearing to escape me. Where could it find another
animal as naked as the one it hates to cover? . . .


By Denise Levertov

Though the road turn at last   
to death’s ordinary door,   
and we knock there, ready    . . .

The Promise

By Jane Hirshfield

Stay, I said
to the cut flowers.
They bowed . . .

The Properly Scholarly Attitude

By Adelaide Crapsey

The poet pursues his beautiful theme;
The preacher his golden beatitude;
And I run after a vanishing dream— . . .


By George Oppen

In the small beauty of the forest
The wild deer bedding down—
That they are there! . . .

The Pull Toy

By A. E. Stallings

You squeezed its leash in your fist,
It followed where you led:
Tick, tock, tick, tock, . . .

The Pulley

By George Herbert

When God at first made man,
Having a glass of blessings standing by,
“Let us,” said he, “pour on him all we can. . . .

Punta del Este Pantoum

By Chip Livingston

Accept my need and let me call you brother,
Slate blue oyster, wet sand crustacean,
In your hurrying to burrow, wait. Hover. . . .

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