All Poems #Class 12 #HSEB

William Stafford
Traveling through the dark #William Stafford

I found a deer dead on the edge of the Wilson River road.
It is usually best to roll them into the canyon:

that road is narrow; to swerve might make more dead.
By glow of the tail-light I stumbled back of the car
and stood by the heap, a doe, a recent killing;
she had stiffened already, almost cold.

I dragged her off; she was large in the belly.
My fingers touching her side brought me the reason--
her side was warm; her fawn lay there waiting,
alive, still, never to be born.

Beside that mountain road I hesitated.
The car aimed ahead its lowered parking lights;
under the hood purred the steady engine.
I stood in the glare of the warm exhaust turning red;

around our group I could hear the wilderness listen.
I thought hard for us all--my only swerving--,
then pushed her over the edge into the river.

The Lamentation of the Old Pensioner #William Butler Yeats
W.B. Yeasts

Although I shelter from the rain
Under a broken tree,
My chair was nearest to the fire
In every company
That talked of love or politics,

Ere Time transfigured me.
Though lads are making pikes again
For some conspiracy,
And crazy rascals rage their fill
At human tyranny,
My contemplations are of Time

That has transfigured me.
There's not a woman turns her face
Upon a broken tree,
And yet the beauties that I loved
Are in my memory;
I spit into the face of Time

That has transfigured me.

"Full Fathom Five..." (From "The Tempest") #William Shakespeare

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that does fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:

Hark! Now I hear them – Ding-dong, bell.

Grand Mother #Ray Young Bear

If I were to see
her shape from a mile away
I'd know so quickly
that it would be her.
The purple scarf
and the plastic shopping bag.
If I felt
hands on my head
I'd know that those
were her hands
warm and damp
with the smell
of roots.
If I heard
a voice
coming from
a rock
I'd know
and her words
would flow inside me
like the light
of someone
stirring ashes
from a sleeping fire
at night.

Gods Graceful #Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89)
Gerard Manley Hopkin
THE WORLD is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man's smudge and shares man's smell: the soil

Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs—
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent

World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.


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