25 Lines and Fewer

ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2018-2019 competition.

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By William Blake

The wild winds weep, 
         And the night is a-cold;
Come hither, Sleep, ...

By Michael S. Harper

He waltzes into the lane
’cross the free-throw line,
fakes a drive, pivots,...

By Herman Melville

About the Shark, phlegmatical one,
Pale sot of the Maldive sea,
The sleek little pilot-fish, azure and slim,...

By Thomas Hardy

"Had he and I but met
            By some old ancient inn,
We should have sat us down to wet ...

By Thom Gunn

I wake up cold, I who
Prospered through dreams of heat   
Wake to their residue,   ...

By Emily Pauline Johnson

A thin wet sky, that yellows at the rim,
And meets with sun-lost lip the marsh’s brim.
...

By Robert Sullivan

In the warmth of night I put feet to my plan: waited
for my brothers to sleep. They’d spent the day
sharpening their hooks, repairing the great net,...

By Jane Miller

March 10th and the snow flees like eloping bridesinto rain. The imperceptible change begins
out of an old rage and glistens, chaste, with its new
craving, spring. May your desire always overcome...

By Louise Bogan

I had come to the house, in a cave of trees,
Facing a sheer sky.
Everything moved,—a bell hung ready to strike,...

By Robert Browning

I
The grey sea and the long black land;
And the yellow half-moon large and low; ...

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2018 MD POL Champ