River Poems

Popular River Poems
The Mississippi River Empties Into The Gulf
by Lucille Clifton

and the gulf enters the sea and so forth,
none of them emptying anything,
all of them carrying yesterday
forever on their white tipped backs,
all of them dragging forward tomorrow.
it is the great circulation
of the earth's body, like the blood
of the gods, this river in which the past
is always flowing. every water
is the same water coming round.


Continue reading
by Lady Mary Wortle Montagu

Written January 1718 in the Chiosk at Pera, overlooking Constantinople
Give me Great God (said I) a Little Farm
in Summer shady, & in Winter warm
where a cool spring gives birth to a clear brook
by Nature slideing down a mossy Rock
Not artfully in Leaden Pipes convey'd
Or greatly falling in a forc'd Cascade
Pure & unsully'd winding throu' ye Shade.
All bounteous Heaven has added to my Praier
a softer Climate and a purer Air.


Continue reading
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,


Continue reading
Black Swans
by Banjo Paterson

As I lie at rest on a patch of clover
In the Western Park when the day is done.
I watch as the wild black swans fly over
With their phalanx turned to the sinking sun;
And I hear the clang of their leader crying
To a lagging mate in the rearward flying,
And they fade away in the darkness dying,
Where the stars are mustering one by one.
O ye wild black swans, 'twere a world of wonder
For a while to join in your westward flight,


Continue reading
Mother Earth
by Henry Van Dyke

Mother of all the high-strung poets and singers departed,
Mother of all the grass that weaves over their graves the glory of the field,
Mother of all the manifold forms of life, deep-bosomed, patient, impassive,
Silent brooder and nurse of lyrical joys and sorrows!
Out of thee, yea, surely out of the fertile depth below thy breast,
Issued in some strange way, thou lying motionless, voiceless,
All these songs of nature, rhythmical, passionate, yearning,
Coming in music from earth, but not unto earth returning.

Dust are the blood-red hearts that beat in time to these measures,


Continue reading
Recent River Poems
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


Continue reading
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


Continue reading
Moonlight on Water
by Evelyn Judy Buehler

Shimmering waves of satin ripples, all of the black night,
As lustrous moon visits the river, in its pearls of white.
In the fragrance of the hour, stars twinkle for me tonight;
And the water mirrors the sky, as it did in noon daylight!

Just awakened from dim dreams, in my houseboat on the river,
I again greet porcelain moon, making my heart beat quicker.
A missed beat in the somber rhythm, made the dream I prefer,
Of moonlit diamonds and pearls, dancing on a liquid mirror!

Continue reading
Noonday Riverwalk
by Evelyn Judy Buehler

It seems the sky has never been bluer,
As I stroll the lovely familiar path;
And bird trills have never been truer,
Than in hazy dawn's golden aftermath.

The clouds float lazy above the treetops,
As the river makes its slow motion tour,
Long admired from houses on the hilltops,
Scintillating sun gleams on waters pure.


Continue reading
by Aswathy Vadakel

See the Romancing politician,
I think he's confused at the exposition.
He finds it hard to see the Rose,
Overshadowed by the Green brose.

Who is that walking near the Garden?
I think she'd like to eat the marden.
She is but a Cute Poetess,
Admired as she sits upon a screenwriter.


Continue reading
Popular Poetry Topics
Popular Famous Poets about River
  • 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
Popular Poets about River From Members