Vachel Lindsay
On Receiving One Of Gloriana’s Letters by Vachel Lindsay

On Receiving One Of Gloriana’s Letters by Vachel Lindsay

Your pen needs but a ruffle To be Pavlova whirling. It surely is a scalawag A-scamping down the page. A pretty little May-wind The morning buds uncurling. And then the white ...

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When Bryan Speaks by Vachel Lindsay

When Bryan Speaks by Vachel Lindsay

When Bryan speaks, the town's a hive.From miles around, the autos drive.The sparrow chirps. The rooster crows.The place is kicking and alive.When Bryan speaks, the bunting ...

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Star Of My Heart by Vachel Lindsay

Star Of My Heart by Vachel Lindsay

Star of my heart, I follow from afar. Sweet Love on high, lead on where shepherds are, Where Time is not, and only dreamers are. Star from of old, the Magi-Kings are dead And a ...

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The Leaden-Eyed by Vachel Lindsay

The Leaden-Eyed by Vachel Lindsay

Let not young souls be smothered out beforeThey do quaint deeds and fully flaunt their pride.It is the world's one crime its babes grow dull,Its poor are ox-like, limp and ...

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Factory Windows Are Always Broken by Vachel Lindsay

Factory Windows Are Always Broken by Vachel Lindsay

Factory windows are always broken. Somebody's always throwing bricks, Somebody's always heaving cinders, Playing ugly Yahoo tricks. Factory windows are always broken. Other ...

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Abraham Lincoln Walks At Midnight by Vachel Lindsay

Abraham Lincoln Walks At Midnight by Vachel Lindsay

It is portentous, and a thing of stateThat here at midnight, in our little townA mourning figure walks, and will not rest,Near the old court-house pacing up and down.Or by his ...

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St. Francis Of Assisi by Vachel Lindsay

St. Francis Of Assisi by Vachel Lindsay

Would I might wake St. Francis in you all, Brother of birds and trees, God's Troubadour, Blinded with weeping for the sad and poor; Our wealth undone, all strict Franciscan men, ...

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The Moon’s The North Wind’s Cooky by Vachel Lindsay

The Moon’s The North Wind’s Cooky by Vachel Lindsay

The Moon's the North Wind's cooky.He bites it, day by day,Until there's but a rim of scrapsThat crumble all away.The South Wind is a baker.He kneads clouds in his den,And bakes a ...

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Euclid by Vachel Lindsay

Euclid by Vachel Lindsay

Old Euclid drew a circle On a sand-beach long ago. He bounded and enclosed it With angles thus and so. His set of solemn greybeards Nodded and argued much Of arc and ...

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This Section Is A Christmas Tree by Vachel Lindsay

This Section Is A Christmas Tree by Vachel Lindsay

This section is a Christmas tree: Loaded with pretty toys for you. Behold the blocks, the Noah's arks, The popguns painted red and blue. No solemn pine-cone forest-fruit, But ...

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How A Little Girl Danced by Vachel Lindsay

How A Little Girl Danced by Vachel Lindsay

DEDICATED TO LUCY BATES(Being a reminiscence of certain private theatricals.) Oh, cabaret dancer, I know a dancer,Whose eyes have not looked on the feasts that are vain.I know a ...

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A Sense Of Humor by Vachel Lindsay

A Sense Of Humor by Vachel Lindsay

No man should stand before the moon To make sweet song thereon, With dandified importance, His sense of humor gone.Nay, let us don the motley cap, The jester's chastened mien, If ...

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A Net To Snare The Moonlight by Vachel Lindsay

A Net To Snare The Moonlight by Vachel Lindsay

The dew, the rain and moonlight All prove our Father's mind. The dew, the rain and moonlight Descend to bless mankind. Come, let us see that all men Have land to catch the rain, ...

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An Indian Summer Day On The Prairie by Vachel Lindsay

An Indian Summer Day On The Prairie by Vachel Lindsay

(IN THE BEGINNING)The sun is a huntress young, The sun is a red, red joy, The sun is an indian girl, Of the tribe of the Illinois.(MID-MORNING)The sun is a smouldering fire, That ...

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By The Spring, At Sunset by Vachel Lindsay

By The Spring, At Sunset by Vachel Lindsay

Sometimes we remember kisses,Remember the dear heart-leap when they came:Not always, but sometimes we rememberThe kindness, the dumbness, the good flameOf laughter and ...

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Love And Law by Vachel Lindsay

Love And Law by Vachel Lindsay

True Love is founded in rocks of Remembrance In stones of Forbearance and mortar of pain. The workman lays wearily granite on granite, And bleeds for his castle, 'mid sunshine and ...

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Buddha by Vachel Lindsay

Buddha by Vachel Lindsay

Would that by Hindu magic we became Dark monks of jeweled India long ago, Sitting at Prince Siddartha's feet to know The foolishness of gold and love and station, The gospel of ...

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General William Booth Enters Into Heaven by Vachel Lindsay

General William Booth Enters Into Heaven by Vachel Lindsay

I Booth led boldly with his big bass drum --(Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?)The Saints smiled gravely and they said: "He's come."(Are you washed in the blood of the ...

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The Flower-Fed Buffaloes by Vachel Lindsay

The Flower-Fed Buffaloes by Vachel Lindsay

The flower-fed buffaloes of the spring In the days of long ago,Ranged where the locomotives singAnd the prairie flowers lie low:—The tossing, blooming, perfumed grassIs swept away ...

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Aladdin And The Jinn by Vachel Lindsay

Aladdin And The Jinn by Vachel Lindsay

"Bring me soft song," said Aladdin."This tailor-shop sings not at all.Chant me a word of the twilight,Of roses that mourn in the fall.Bring me a song like hashishThat will comfort ...

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Alone In The Wind, On The Prairie by Vachel Lindsay

Alone In The Wind, On The Prairie by Vachel Lindsay

I know a seraph who has golden eyes,And hair of gold, and body like the snow.Here in the wind I dream her unbound hairIs blowing round me, that desire's sweet glowHas touched her ...

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The Chinese Nightingale by Vachel Lindsay

The Chinese Nightingale by Vachel Lindsay

A Song in Chinese Tapestries"How, how," he said. "Friend Chang," I said,"San Francisco sleeps as the dead—Ended license, lust and play:Why do you iron the night away?Your big ...

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Beyond The Moon by Vachel Lindsay

Beyond The Moon by Vachel Lindsay

M< Sweetheart is the TRUTH BEYOND THE MOON, And never have I been in love with Woman, Always aspiring to be set in tune With one who is invisible, inhuman. O laughing girl, cold ...

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A Dirge For A Righteous Kitten by Vachel Lindsay

A Dirge For A Righteous Kitten by Vachel Lindsay

To be intoned, all but the two italicized lines, which are to be spoken in a snappy, matter-of-fact way.Ding-dong, ding-dong, ding-dong.Here lies a kitten good, who keptA kitten's ...

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Darling Daughter Of Babylon by Vachel Lindsay

Darling Daughter Of Babylon by Vachel Lindsay

Too soon you wearied of our tears.And then you danced with spangled feet,Leading Belshazzar's chattering courtA-tinkling through the shadowy street.With mead they came, with ...

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The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay

The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay

A Recitation for Martha Wakefield, Three Years OldThere was a little turtle.He lived in a box.He swam in a puddle.He climbed on the rocks.He snapped at a mosquito.He snapped at a ...

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Drying Their Wings by Vachel Lindsay

Drying Their Wings by Vachel Lindsay

What the Carpenter SaidThe moon's a cottage with a door. Some folks can see it plain. Look, you may catch a glint of light, A sparkle through the pane, Showing the place is ...

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What The Rattlesnake Said by Vachel Lindsay

What The Rattlesnake Said by Vachel Lindsay

The moon's a little prairie-dog.He shivers through the night.He sits upon his hill and criesFor fear that I will bite.The sun's a broncho. He's afraidLike every other thing,And ...

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning by Vachel Lindsay

Elizabeth Barrett Browning by Vachel Lindsay

Elizabeth Barrett BrowningSat gossiping with Robert.(She was really a raving beauty in her day.With Mary Pickford curls in clouds and whirls.)She was trying to think of something ...

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Springfield Magical by Vachel Lindsay

Springfield Magical by Vachel Lindsay

In this, the City of my Discontent, Sometimes there comes a whisper from the grass, "Romance, Romance — is here. No Hindu town Is quite so strange. No Citadel of Brass By Sinbad ...

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On The Garden Wall by Vachel Lindsay

On The Garden Wall by Vachel Lindsay

Oh, once I walked a garden In dreams. 'Twas yellow grass. And many orange-trees grew there In sand as white as glass. The curving, wide wall-border Was marble, like the snow. I ...

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Our Mother Pocahontas by Vachel Lindsay

Our Mother Pocahontas by Vachel Lindsay

(Note: — Pocahontas is buried at Gravesend, England.)"Pocahontas' body, lovely as a poplar, sweet as a red haw in November or a pawpaw in May — did she wonder? does she remember — ...

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An Argument by Vachel Lindsay

An Argument by Vachel Lindsay

I. THE VOICE OF THE MAN IMPATIENT WITH VISIONS AND UTOPIASWe find your soft Utopias as whiteAs new-cut bread, and dull as life in cells,O, scribes who dare forget how wild we ...

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What Grandpa Mouse Said by Vachel Lindsay

What Grandpa Mouse Said by Vachel Lindsay

The moon’s a holy owl-queen.She keeps them in a jarUnder her arm till evening,Then sallies forth to war.She pours the owls upon us.They hoot with horrid noiseAnd eat the naughty ...

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The Wedding Of The Rose And The Lotos by Vachel Lindsay

The Wedding Of The Rose And The Lotos by Vachel Lindsay

The wide Pacific waters And the Atlantic meet.With cries of joy they mingle, In tides of love they greet. Above the drowned ages A wind of wooing blows: — The red rose woos the ...

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The Ghosts Of The Buffaloes by Vachel Lindsay

The Ghosts Of The Buffaloes by Vachel Lindsay

Last night at black midnight I woke with a cry,The windows were shaking, there was thunder on high,The floor was a-tremble, the door was a-jar,White fires, crimson fires, shone ...

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A Prayer To All The Dead Among Mine Own People by Vachel Lindsay

A Prayer To All The Dead Among Mine Own People by Vachel Lindsay

Are these your presences, my clan from Heaven? Are these your hands upon my wounded soul? Mine own, mine own, blood of my blood be with me, Fly by my path till you have made me ...

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The Spider And The Ghost Of The Fly by Vachel Lindsay

The Spider And The Ghost Of The Fly by Vachel Lindsay

Once I loved a spiderWhen I was born a fly,A velvet-footed spiderWith a gown of rainbow-dye.She ate my wings and gloated.She bound me with a hair.She drove me to her parlorAbove ...

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The Angel And The Clown by Vachel Lindsay

The Angel And The Clown by Vachel Lindsay

I saw wild domes and bowers And smoking incense towers And mad exotic flowers In Illinois. Where ragged ditches ran Now springs of Heaven began Celestial drink for man In ...

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A Curse For Kings by Vachel Lindsay

A Curse For Kings by Vachel Lindsay

A curse upon each king who leads his state,No matter what his plea, to this foul game,And may it end his wicked dynasty,And may he die in exile and black shame.If there is ...

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Lincoln by Vachel Lindsay

Lincoln by Vachel Lindsay

Would I might rouse the Lincoln in you all, That which is gendered in the wilderness From lonely prairies and God's tenderness. Imperial soul, star of a weedy stream, Born where ...

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At Mass by Vachel Lindsay

At Mass by Vachel Lindsay

No doubt to-morrow I will hideMy face from you, my King.Let me rejoice this Sunday noon,And kneel while gray priests sing.It is not wisdom to forget.But since it is my fateFill ...

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The Perfect Marriage by Vachel Lindsay

The Perfect Marriage by Vachel Lindsay

II hate this yoke; for the world's sake here put it on:Knowing 'twill weigh as much on you till life is gone.Knowing you love your freedom dear, as I love mine—Knowing that love ...

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Shakespeare by Vachel Lindsay

Shakespeare by Vachel Lindsay

Would that in body and spirit Shakespeare came Visible emperor of the deeds of Time, With Justice still the genius of his rhyme, Giving each man his due, each passion grace, ...

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The Potatoes’ Dance by Vachel Lindsay

The Potatoes’ Dance by Vachel Lindsay

(A Poem Game.)I"Down cellar," said the cricket,"Down cellar," said the cricket,"Down cellar," said the cricket,"I saw a ball last night,In honor of a lady,In honor of a lady,In ...

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A Rhyme About An Electrical Advertising Sign by Vachel Lindsay

A Rhyme About An Electrical Advertising Sign by Vachel Lindsay

I look on the specious electrical light Blatant, mechanical, crawling and white, Wickedly red or malignantly green Like the beads of a young Senegambian queen. Showing, while ...

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Bryan, Bryan, Bryan, Bryan by Vachel Lindsay

Bryan, Bryan, Bryan, Bryan by Vachel Lindsay

IIn a nation of one hundred fine, mob-hearted, lynching, relenting, repenting millions, There are plenty of sweeping, swinging, stinging, gorgeous things to shout about, And knock ...

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The King Of Yellow Butterflies by Vachel Lindsay

The King Of Yellow Butterflies by Vachel Lindsay

(A Poem Game.)The King of Yellow Butterflies,The King of Yellow Butterflies,The King of Yellow Butterflies,Now orders forth his men.He says "The time is almost hereWhen violets ...

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Two Old Crows by Vachel Lindsay

Two Old Crows by Vachel Lindsay

Two old crows sat on a fence rail.Two old crows sat on a fence rail,Thinking of effect and cause,Of weeds and flowers,And nature's laws.One of them muttered, one of them ...

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An Apology For The Bottle Volcanic by Vachel Lindsay

An Apology For The Bottle Volcanic by Vachel Lindsay

Sometimes I dip my pen and find the bottle full of fire, The salamanders flying forth I cannot but admire.It's Etna, or Vesuvius, if those big things were small,And then 'tis but ...

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