Joyce Kilmer
Trees by Joyce Kilmer

Trees by Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth's sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, And ...

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Stars by Joyce Kilmer

Stars by Joyce Kilmer

(For the Rev. James J. Daly, S. J.) Bright stars, yellow stars, flashing through the air, Are you errant strands of Lady Mary's hair? As she slits the cloudy veil and bends ...

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The House With Nobody In It by Joyce Kilmer

The House With Nobody In It by Joyce Kilmer

Whenever I walk to Suffern along the Erie track I go by a poor old farmhouse with its shingles broken and black. I suppose I've passed it a hundred times, but I always stop for ...

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A Blue Valentine by Joyce Kilmer

A Blue Valentine by Joyce Kilmer

(For Aline) Monsignore, Right Reverend Bishop Valentinus,Sometime of Interamna, which is called Ferni,Now of the delightful Court of Heaven,I respectfully salute you,I ...

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As Winds That Blow Against A Star by Joyce Kilmer

As Winds That Blow Against A Star by Joyce Kilmer

(For Aline) Now by what whim of wanton chance Do radiant eyes know sombre days?And feet that shod in light should dance Walk weary and laborious ways? But rays from Heaven, white ...

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Alarm Clocks by Joyce Kilmer

Alarm Clocks by Joyce Kilmer

When Dawn strides out to wake a dewy farm Across green fields and yellow hills of hay The little twittering birds laugh in his wayAnd poise triumphant on his shining arm.He bears ...

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To A Young Poet Who Killed Himself by Joyce Kilmer

To A Young Poet Who Killed Himself by Joyce Kilmer

1 When you had played with life a space 2 And made it drink and lust and sing,3 You flung it back into God's face4 And thought you did a noble thing.5 "Lo, ...

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Love’s Lantern by Joyce Kilmer

Love’s Lantern by Joyce Kilmer

(For Aline) Because the road was steep and long And through a dark and lonely land,God set upon my lips a song And put a lantern in my hand. Through miles on weary miles of night ...

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Roofs by Joyce Kilmer

Roofs by Joyce Kilmer

(For Amelia Josephine Burr) The road is wide and the stars are out and the breath of the night is sweet,And this is the time when wanderlust should seize upon my feet.But I'm ...

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Easter Week by Joyce Kilmer

Easter Week by Joyce Kilmer

1 "Romantic Ireland's dead and gone,2 It's with O'Leary in the grave."3 Then, Yeats, what gave that Easter dawn4 A hue so radiantly brave?5 There was a ...

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Dave Lilly by Joyce Kilmer

Dave Lilly by Joyce Kilmer

There's a brook on the side of Greylock that used to be full of trout,But there's nothing there now but minnows; they say it is all fished out.I fished there many a Summer day ...

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Delicatessen by Joyce Kilmer

Delicatessen by Joyce Kilmer

Why is that wanton gossip Fame So dumb about this man's affairs?Why do we titter at his name Who come to buy his curious wares? Here is a shop of wonderment. From every land has ...

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Trees by Joyce Kilmer

Trees by Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth's sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, ...

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Vision by Joyce Kilmer

Vision by Joyce Kilmer

(For Aline) Homer, they tell us, was blind and could not see the beautiful faces Looking up into his own and reflecting the joy of his dream, Yet did he seemGifted with eyes that ...

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Memorial Day by Joyce Kilmer

Memorial Day by Joyce Kilmer

"Dulce et decorum est" The bugle echoes shrill and sweet, But not of war it sings to-day.The road is rhythmic with the feet Of men-at-arms who come to pray. The roses blossom ...

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Madness by Joyce Kilmer

Madness by Joyce Kilmer

(For Sara Teasdale) The lonely farm, the crowded street, The palace and the slum,Give welcome to my silent feet As, bearing gifts, I come. Last night a beggar crouched alone, A ...

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A Blue Valentine by Joyce Kilmer

A Blue Valentine by Joyce Kilmer

(For Aline) Monsignore, Right Reverend Bishop Valentinus,Sometime of Interamna, which is called Ferni,Now of the delightful Court of Heaven,I respectfully salute you,I ...

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Old Poets by Joyce Kilmer

Old Poets by Joyce Kilmer

(For Robert Cortez Holliday) If I should live in a forest And sleep underneath a tree,No grove of impudent saplings Would make a home for me. I'd go where the old oaks gather, ...

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Wealth by Joyce Kilmer

Wealth by Joyce Kilmer

(For Aline) From what old ballad, or from what rich frame Did you descend to glorify the earth?Was it from Chaucer's singing book you came? Or did Watteau's small brushes give you ...

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Pennies by Joyce Kilmer

Pennies by Joyce Kilmer

A few long-hoarded pennies in his handBehold him stand;A kilted Hedonist, perplexed and sad.The joy that once he had,The first delight of ownership is fled.He bows his little ...

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Prayer Of A Soldier In France by Joyce Kilmer

Prayer Of A Soldier In France by Joyce Kilmer

1 My shoulders ache beneath my pack2 (Lie easier, Cross, upon His back).3 I march with feet that burn and smart4 (Tread, Holy Feet, upon my heart).5 Men shout ...

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Easter by Joyce Kilmer

Easter by Joyce Kilmer

The air is like a butterfly With frail blue wings.The happy earth looks at the sky And sings.

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Citizen Of The World by Joyce Kilmer

Citizen Of The World by Joyce Kilmer

No longer of Him be it said"He hath no place to lay His head." In every land a constant lampFlames by His small and mighty camp. There is no strange and distant placeThat is not ...

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The Rosary by Joyce Kilmer

The Rosary by Joyce Kilmer

Not on the lute, nor harp of many strings Shall all men praise the Master of all song. Our life is brief, one saith, and art is long;And skilled must be the laureates of ...

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Ballade Of My Lady’s Beauty by Joyce Kilmer

Ballade Of My Lady’s Beauty by Joyce Kilmer

Squire Adam had two wives, they say, Two wives had he, for his delight, He kissed and clypt them all the day And clypt and kissed them all the night. Now Eve like ocean ...

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The White Ships And The Red by Joyce Kilmer

The White Ships And The Red by Joyce Kilmer

(For Alden March) With drooping sail and pennantThat never a wind may reach,They float in sunless watersBeside a sunless beach.Their mighty masts and funnelsAre white as driven ...

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Folly by Joyce Kilmer

Folly by Joyce Kilmer

(For A. K. K.) What distant mountains thrill and glow Beneath our Lady Folly's tread?Why has she left us, wise in woe, Shrewd, practical, uncomforted?We cannot love or dream or ...

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Waverley by Joyce Kilmer

Waverley by Joyce Kilmer

1814-1914 When, on a novel's newly printed page We find a maudlin eulogy of sin, And read of ways that harlots wander in,And of sick souls that writhe in helpless rage;Or when ...

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Apology by Joyce Kilmer

Apology by Joyce Kilmer

For blows on the fort of evilThat never shows a breach,For terrible life-long racesTo a goal no foot can reach,For reckless leaps into darknessWith hands outstretched to a ...

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The Fourth Shepherd by Joyce Kilmer

The Fourth Shepherd by Joyce Kilmer

(For Thomas Walsh) I On nights like this the huddled sheep Are like white clouds upon the grass,And merry herdsmen guard their sleep And chat and watch the big stars pass. It is ...

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St. Alexis, Patron Of Beggars by Joyce Kilmer

St. Alexis, Patron Of Beggars by Joyce Kilmer

We who beg for bread as we daily tread Country lane and city street,Let us kneel and pray on the broad highway To the saint with the vagrant feet.Our altar light is a buttercup ...

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Mount Houvenkopf by Joyce Kilmer

Mount Houvenkopf by Joyce Kilmer

Serene he stands, with mist serenely crowned, And draws a cloak of trees about his breast. The thunder roars but cannot break his restAnd from his rugged face the tempests ...

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To A Blackbird And His Mate Who Died In The Spring by Joyce Kilmer

To A Blackbird And His Mate Who Died In The Spring by Joyce Kilmer

(For Kenton) An iron hand has stilled the throats That throbbed with loud and rhythmic gleeAnd dammed the flood of silver notes That drenched the world in melody.The blosmy apple ...

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Poets by Joyce Kilmer

Poets by Joyce Kilmer

Vain is the chiming of forgotten bells That the wind sways above a ruined shrine.Vainer his voice in whom no longer dwells Hunger that craves immortal Bread and Wine. Light songs ...

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Houses by Joyce Kilmer

Houses by Joyce Kilmer

(For Aline) When you shall die and to the skySerenely, delicately go,Saint Peter, when he sees you there,Will clash his keys and say:"Now talk to her, Sir Christopher!And hurry, ...

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The New School by Joyce Kilmer

The New School by Joyce Kilmer

The halls that were loud with the merry tread of young and careless feetAre still with a stillness that is too drear to seem like holiday,And never a gust of laughter breaks the ...

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To Certain Poets by Joyce Kilmer

To Certain Poets by Joyce Kilmer

Now is the rhymer's honest tradeA thing for scornful laughter made. The merchant's sneer, the clerk's disdain,These are the burden of our pain. Because of you did this befall,You ...

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Mid-Ocean In War-Time by Joyce Kilmer

Mid-Ocean In War-Time by Joyce Kilmer

The fragile splendour of the level sea,The moon's serene and silver-veiled face,Make of this vessel an enchanted placeFull of white mirth and golden sorcery.Now, for a time, shall ...

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Rouge Bouquet by Joyce Kilmer

Rouge Bouquet by Joyce Kilmer

In a wood they call the Rouge Bouquet There is a new-made grave to-day, Built by never a spade nor pick Yet covered with earth ten metres thick. There lie many fighting men, ...

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St. Laurence by Joyce Kilmer

St. Laurence by Joyce Kilmer

Within the broken Vatican The murdered Pope is lying dead.The soldiers of Valerian Their evil hands are wet and red. Unarmed, unmoved, St. Laurence waits, His cassock is his only ...

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Main Street by Joyce Kilmer

Main Street by Joyce Kilmer

(For S.M.L.) I like to look at the blossomy track of the moon upon the sea,But it isn't half so fine a sight as Main Street used to beWhen it all was covered over with a couple of ...

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The Apartment House by Joyce Kilmer

The Apartment House by Joyce Kilmer

Severe against the pleasant arc of sky The great stone box is cruelly displayed. The street becomes more dreary from its shade,And vagrant breezes touch its walls and die.Here ...

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Martin by Joyce Kilmer

Martin by Joyce Kilmer

When I am tired of earnest men, Intense and keen and sharp and clever,Pursuing fame with brush or pen Or counting metal disks forever,Then from the halls of Shadowland Beyond the ...

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Servant Girl And Grocer’s Boy by Joyce Kilmer

Servant Girl And Grocer’s Boy by Joyce Kilmer

Her lips' remark was: "Oh, you kid!"Her soul spoke thus (I know it did):"O king of realms of endless joy,My own, my golden grocer's boy, I am a princess forced to dwellWithin a ...

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The Twelve-Forty-Five by Joyce Kilmer

The Twelve-Forty-Five by Joyce Kilmer

(For Edward J. Wheeler) Within the Jersey City shedThe engine coughs and shakes its head,The smoke, a plume of red and white,Waves madly in the face of night.And now the grave ...

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Gates and Doors by Joyce Kilmer

Gates and Doors by Joyce Kilmer

There was a gentle hostler(And blessed be his name!)He opened up the stableThe night Our Lady came.Our Lady and Saint Joseph,He gave them food and bed,And Jesus Christ has given ...

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Thanksgiving by Joyce Kilmer

Thanksgiving by Joyce Kilmer

The roar of the world is in my ears.Thank God for the roar of the world!Thank God for the mighty tide of fearsAgainst me always hurled!Thank God for the bitter and ceaseless ...

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The Subway by Joyce Kilmer

The Subway by Joyce Kilmer

Tired clerks, pale girls, street cleaners, business men,Boys, priests and harlots, drunkards, students, thieves,Each one the pleasant outer sunshine leaves;They mingle in this ...

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Age Comes A-Wooing by Joyce Kilmer

Age Comes A-Wooing by Joyce Kilmer

With shameless and incessant lustThy tremulous hot hands are thrustUpon my body's loveliness.O loathsome Age, thy foul caressPuts on my heart a deadly blight,Withers my hair to ...

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A Valentine by Joyce Kilmer

A Valentine by Joyce Kilmer

My songs should be as lilies fair,And roses made of crimson light,To lie amid the fragrant hairAnd on the breast of my delight. Such glory is for them too high; I'll scatter them ...

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