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Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art”

By John Keats

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art—
         Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart, . . .

Time does not bring relief; you all have lied”

By Edna St. Vincent Millay

Time does not bring relief; you all have lied   
Who told me time would ease me of my pain!   
I miss him in the weeping of the rain;    . . .

Spanglish

By Tato Laviera

pues estoy creando spanglish
bi-cultural systems
scientific lexicographical . . .

Sparklers

By Barbara Crooker

We’re writing our names with sizzles of light
to celebrate the fourth. I use the loops of cursive,
make a big B like the sloping hills on the west side . . .

Speak

By Phillip B. Williams

A storm and so a gift.
       Its swift approach
             lifts gravel from the road. . . .

The Speakers

By Weldon Kees

“A equals X,” says Mister One.   
“A equals B,” says Mister Two.   
“A equals nothing under the sun    . . .

The Spirit Is Too Blunt an Instrument

By Anne Stevenson

The spirit is too blunt an instrument
to have made this baby.
Nothing so unskilful as human passions . . .

The Spring

By Thomas Carew

Now that the winter's gone, the earth hath lost
Her snow-white robes, and now no more the frost
Candies the grass, or casts an icy cream . . .

Spring

By William Shakespeare

When daisies pied and violets blue
   And lady-smocks all silver-white
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue . . .

Spring

By Gerard Manley Hopkins

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –         
   When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;         
   Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush          . . .