Ezra Pound Poems

  • 51.  
    .Light, light of my eyes, at an exceeding late hour I was wandering,
    And intoxicated,and no servant was leading me,
  • 52.  
    The twisted rhombs ceased their clamour of accompaniment;The scorched laurel lay in the fire-dust;
  • 53.  
    O woe, woe,
    People are born and die, We also shall be dead pretty soon
  • 54.  
    The phoenix are at play on their terrace.
    The phoenix are gone, the river Hows on alone.Flowers and grass
  • 55.  
    Let some new lying ass,
    Who knows not what is or was,Talk economics,
  • 56.  
    â??I am thy soul, Nikoptis. I have watched
    These five millennia, and thy dead eyesMoved not, nor ever answer my desire,
  • 57.  
    Vex not thou the banker's mind
    (His what?) with a show of sense,Vex it not, Willie, his mind,
  • 58.  
    At Rochecoart,
    Where the hills partin three ways,
  • 59.  
    I see by the morning papers
    That America's sturdy sonsHave started a investigation
  • 60.  
    I ha' seen them 'mid the clouds on the heather.
    Lo! they pause not for love nor for sorrow,Yet their eyes are as the eyes of a maid to her lover,
  • 61.  
    Lady, since you care nothing for me,And since you have shut me away from you
  • 62.  
    The very small children in patched clothing,
    Being smitten with an unusual wisdom,Stopped in their play as she passed them
  • 63.  
    The pomps of butchery, financial power,
    Told 'em to die in war, and then to save,Then cut their saving to the half or lower;
  • 64.  
    O Dieu, purifiez nos cceurs!
    Purifiez nos coeurs !
  • 65.  
    Chant for the Transmutation of Metals

  • 66.  
    Even in my dreams you have denied yourself to me
    And sent me only your handmaids.
  • 67.  
    O helpless few in my country, remnant enslaved!

  • 68.  
    For God, our God is a gallant foe
    That playeth behind the veil.
  • 69.  
    The lateral vibrations caress me,
    They leap and caress me, They work pathetically in my favour,
  • 70.  
    The black panther treads at my side,
    And above my fingersThere float the petal-like flames.
  • 71.  
    Young men riding in the street
    In the bright new seasonSpur without reason
  • 72.  
    Erinna is a model parent,
    Her children have never discovered her adulteries.Lalage is also a model parent,
  • 73.  
    The black panther lies under his rose tree
    And the fawns come to sniff at his sides:
  • 74.  
    The jewelled steps are already quite white with dew,
    It is so late that the dew soaks my gauze stockings,And I let down the crystal curtain
  • 75.  
    Earth's winter cometh
    And I being part of allAnd sith the spirit of all moveth in me
  • 76.  
    I have tried to write Paradise

  • 77.  
    They say the roads of Sanso are steep,
    Sheer as the mountains.The walls rise in a man's face,
  • 78.  
    In the cream gilded cabin of his steam yacht
    Mr. Nixon advised me kindly, to advance with fewerDangers of delay. 'Consider
  • 79.  
    â??Being no longer human, why should I
    Pretend humanity or don the frail attire?Men have I known and men, but never one
  • 80.  
    This man knew out the secret ways of love,
    No man could paint such things who did not know.And now she's gone, who was his Cyprian,
  • 81.  
    Turned from the 'eau-fortePar Jaquemart'
  • 82.  
    The family position was waning,
    And on this account the little Aurelia,Who had laughed on eighteen summers,
  • 83.  
    O strange face there in the glass!
    O ribald company, O saintly host,O sorrow-swept my fool,
  • 84.  
    The baby new to earth and sky
    Has never until nowUnto himself the question put
  • 85.  
    Red knights, brown bishops, bright queens,
    Striking the board, falling in strong â??L's ofcolour.
  • 86.  
    Cydonian Spring with her attendant train,
    Maelids and water-girls,Stepping beneath a boisterous wind from Thrace,
  • 87.  
    Let us deride the smugness of 'The Times': GUFFAW!
    So much for the gagged reviewers,It will pay them when the worms are wriggling in their
  • 88.  

  • 89.  
    When earth's last thesis is copied
    From the theses that went before,When idea from fact has departed
  • 90.  
    Come my cantilations,
    Let us dump our hatreds into one bunch and be done with them,Hot sun, clear water, fresh wind,
  • 91.  
    When the Taihaitian princess
    Heard that he had decided,She rushed out into the sunlight and swarmed up a
  • 92.  
    Winter is icummen in,
    Lhude sing Goddamm,Raineth drop and staineth slop,
  • 93.  
    (Ex libris Graecæ)Theodorus will be pleased at my death,
  • 94.  
    The sky-like limpid eyes,
    The circular infant's face,The stiffness from spats to collar
  • 95.  
    With minds still hovering above their testicles
    Certain poets here and in FranceStill sigh over established and natural fact
  • 96.  
    Jove, be merciful to that unfortunate woman
    Or an ornamental death will be held to your debit,The time is come, the air heaves in torridity,
  • 97.  
    M. Pom-POM allait en guerre
    Per vendere cannoniMon beau grand frère
  • 98.  
    You'd have men's hearts up from the dustAnd tell their secrets, Messire Cino,
  • 99.  

  • 100.  
    Lord God of heaven that with mercy dight
    Th'alternate prayer wheel of the night and light Eternal hath to thee, and in whose sight
Total 257 poems written by Ezra Pound

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