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Away, Melancholy
by Stevie Smith

Away, melancholy,
Away with it, let it go.

Are not the trees green,
The earth as green?
Does not the wind blow,
Fire leap and the rivers flow?
Away melancholy.

The ant is busy


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1914 V: The Soldier
by Rupert Brooke

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,


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The Far Field
by Theodore Roethke


I dream of journeys repeatedly:
Of flying like a bat deep into a narrowing tunnel
Of driving alone, without luggage, out a long peninsula,
The road lined with snow-laden second growth,
A fine dry snow ticking the windshield,
Alternate snow and sleet, no on-coming traffic,
And no lights behind, in the blurred side-mirror,
The road changing from glazed tarface to a rubble of stone,


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In Defence Of The Bush
by Banjo Paterson

So you're back from up the country, Mister Lawson, where you went,
And you're cursing all the business in a bitter discontent;
Well, we grieve to disappoint you, and it makes us sad to hear
That it wasn't cool and shady -- and there wasn't whips of beer,
And the looney bullock snorted when you first came into view --
Well, you know it's not so often that he sees a swell like you;
And the roads were hot and dusty, and the plains were burnt and brown,
And no doubt you're better suited drinking lemon-squash in town.
Yet, perchance, if you should journey down the very track you went
In a month or two at furthest, you would wonder what it meant;


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Youth And Age
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Verse, a breeze 'mid blossoms straying,
Where Hope clung feeding, like a bee -
Both were mine! Life went a-maying
With Nature, Hope, and Poesy,
When I was young!
When I was young? -Ah, woeful When!
Ah! for the change 'twixt Now and Then!
This breathing house not built with hands,
This body that does me grievous wrong,
O'er aery cliffs and glittering sands


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A Prayer To The Goddess, Ganga
by Pijush Biswas

O Ganga, who doth not take pride in thy arms
The earthly life, scornful, is always proud of thy touch
O Ganga, who doth not take pride in thy divine alms
O thou, let the life be full of joy and happiness much.
Thou, look into our eyes; somewhere thou must be.

Now, our lives today are so uplifted anew by thy privacy
Or, into the core of our lives we seek thy eternity,
Open eyed, to manure lives, or to be heir to thy legacy.
Let us seek beauty in thee, O! let us be free from obscurity.


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The Measureless Motion
by Somali Mukherjee

The river flows on,
Though there are murky forests
On its either side.

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by Nastasimir Franović

Ljepotice , jezerska lakomice.
Ime djevojačko ko ti dade?
Podno Skadra grada golubice.
Ti što tečeš smjerna dolje đe,
s mašćela robu peru Skadranke đevojke.
Vodom tvojom da ubijele ruho nevjestinsko.
Za ruku se s bratom Drimom držiš.
Što se zadihao od dugoga puta.
Na more se s njime spremaš poći.
Dolinom ćeš šetajuć' polako.


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Various Natural Scenes
by Evelyn Judy Buehler

Soaring Amidst Song

sudden chance meeting
of a cheetah and monkey
then green treetop flight


zebra on the plain


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Tardy Bliss
by Evelyn Judy Buehler

it's the golden hour
young duck swimming afternoon
hard rain patters down

the sun yet shines on
duck revelry in late bath
green river frolic

drought endured so long
but blooms and smiles are coming


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  • Edgar Lee Masters
    Edgar Lee Masters (70 poems about River)
    23 August 1868 – 5 March 1950 / Kansas / United States
  • Henry Wadswor Longfellow
    Henry Wadswor Longfellow (39 poems about River)
    27 February 1807 – 24 March 1882 / Portland, Maine
  • Banjo Paterson
    Banjo Paterson (32 poems about River)
    17 February 1864 – 5 February 1941 / New South Wales
  • Li Po
    Li Po (15 poems about River)
    701-762 / Chu / Kazakhstan
  • Allen Ginsberg
    Allen Ginsberg (10 poems about River)
    June 3, 1926 - April 5, 1997 / Newark, New Jersey
  • Ezra Pound
    Ezra Pound (9 poems about River)
    30 October 1885 – 1 November 1972 / Hailey / Idaho
  • Barcroft Henry Tho Boake
    Barcroft Henry Tho Boake (8 poems about River)
    26 March 1866 – May 1892 / Sydney / Australia
  • Federico García Lorca
    Federico García Lorca (7 poems about River)
    5 June 1898 – 19 August 1936 / Fuente Vaqueros
  • Du Fu
    Du Fu (6 poems about River)
    712 - 770 / Henan Province / China
  • Langston Hughes
    Langston Hughes (6 poems about River)
    1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri
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