Your favorite poems please?

Please post the title of a poem you liked as well as a small excerpt. And the author. Any language is ok

Jean Toomer "Song of the Son":
Pour O pour that parting soul in song,
O pour it in the sawdust glow of night,
Into the velvet pine-smoke air to-night,
And let the valley carry it along.
And let the valley carry it along.

William Carlos Williams "Asphodel, that Greeny Flower":
Of asphodel, that greeny flower,
like a buttercup
upon its branching stem-
save that it’s green and wooden-
I come, my sweet,
to sing to you.

Gu Cheng "A generation 一代人“
Even with these dark eyes, a gift of the dark night
I go to seek the shining light.

Myself "Speak to me"
Speak to me
A poem speak
And listening I
with ears like sky

Anymore poems please?


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  • The Double Life - Don Blanding

    How very simple life would be
    If only there were two of me
    A Restless Me to drift and roam
    A Quiet Me to stay at home.
    A Searching One to find his fill
    Of varied skies and newfound thrill
    While sane and homely things are done
    By the domestic Other One.

    And that's just where the trouble lies;
    There is a Restless Me that cries
    For chancy risks and changing scene,
    For arctic blue and tropic green,
    For deserts with their mystic spell,
    For lusty fun and raising Hell,

    But shackled to that Restless Me
    My Other Self rebelliously
    Resists the frantic urge to move.
    It seeks the old familiar groove
    That habits make. It finds content
    With hearth and home — dear prisonment,
    With candlelight and well-loved books
    And treasured loot in dusty nooks,

    With puttering and garden things
    And dreaming while a cricket sings
    And all the while the Restless One
    Insists on more exciting fun,
    It wants to go with every tide,
    No matter where…just for the ride.
    Like yowling cats the two selves brawl
    Until I have no peace at all.

    One eye turns to the forward track,
    The other eye looks sadly back.
    I'm getting wall-eyed from the strain,
    (It's tough to have an idle brain)
    But One says "Stay" and One says "Go"
    And One says "Yes," and One says "No,"
    And One Self wants a home and wife
    And One Self craves the drifter's life.

    The Restless Fellow always wins
    I wish my folks had made me twins.

    • This is fantastic

    • Glad you like it, its always been one of my faves :)

    • Thanks for MH :)

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  • It's actually a traditional Welsh love song, but it's often recited like a poem.
    I'll add the English translation in a second post due to the limitation of characters.

    1. Ar lan y môr mae rhosynnau cochion;
    Ar lan y môr mae liliau gwynion;
    Ar lan y môr mae nghariad innau,
    Yn cysgu'r nos a chodi'r bore.

    2. Oer yw'r rhew ac oer yw'r eira;
    Oer yw'r ty heb dân yn y gaeaf;
    Oer yw'r eglwys heb ddim offeiriad;
    Oer wyf innau heb fy nghariad.

    3. Dacw'r ty a dacw'r talcen
    Lle ces i nosweithiau llawen;
    Ar y lloft uwchben y gegin,
    Gyda'r ferch â rhuban melyn.

    4. Mae gen i fuwch â dau gorn arian;
    Mae gen i fuwch sy'n godro'i hunan;
    Mae gen i fuwch sy'n llanw'r stwcau
    Fel mae'r môr yn llanw'r baeau.

    5. Ar lan y môr mae carreg wastad,
    Lle bûm yn siarad gair â'm cariad;
    O amgylch hon fe dyf y lili
    Ac ambell gangen o rosmari.

    6. Yng nglan y môr mae cerrig gleision;
    Yng nglan y môr blodau'r meibion;
    Yng nglan y môr mae pob rhinweddau,
    Yng nglan y môr mae nghariad innau.

    7. Llawn yw'r môr o swnd a chregyn,
    Llawn yw'r wy o wyn a melyn;
    Llawn yw'r coed o ddail a blodau,
    Llawn o gariad merch wyf innau.

    • 1. Down by the sea red roses are blooming;
      Down by the sea white lilies are gleaming;
      Down by the sea my TRUE love is dwelling,
      Sleeping all night, rising up in the morning.
      2. Cold is the frost and cold is the blizzard;
      Cold is the house without fire in the winter;
      Cold is the church with no priest and no vicar,
      And cold is my dwelling APART from my lover.

      3. Yonder's the house and yonder's the dwelling,
      Where I have tarried on many an evening,
      Up in the loft and above the kitchen,
      Wooing the girl with the yellow hair-ribbon.

      4. My cow, she has horns of silver fine;
      She milks herself with no help of mine.
      She fill the pail till it holds no more,
      As the sea fills the bay up to the shore.

      5. Down where the sea laps at the flat rock
      My love and I did wander and talk;
      All around us grew the white lily,
      And there were sprigs of rosemary.

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    • those celtic people were quite spiritual. Why are some words capitlized?

    • I have no clue. I did copy and paste the English translation instead of writing it myself. I guess it's because of some adware or something. It has no actual meaning in the context of the poem.