BUTTERFLY POEMS

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Pegasus

Same night you met me in the park
We laughed, told stories not nightmares
Brought you next to my heart
You know my sweater still smells like you
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Jova Petr
Wormwood And Nightshade

The troubles of life are many,
The pleasures of life are few;
When we sat in the sunlight, Annie,
I dreamt that the skies were blue-
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Adam Lindsay Gordon
Mazelli: Canto Iii

I.

With plumes to which the dewdrops cling,
Wide waves the morn her golden wing;
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George W. Sands
The Congo

A Study of the Negro Race


I. Their Basic Savagery
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Vachel Lindsay
Chuang Tzu And The Butterfly

Chuang Tzu in dream became a butterfly,
And the butterfly became Chuang Tzu at waking.
Which was the realâ??the butterfly or the man ?
Who can tell the end of the endless changes of things?
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Li Po
In Praise Of Limestone

If it form the one landscape that we, the inconstant ones,
Are consistently homesick for, this is chiefly
Because it dissolves in water. Mark these rounded slopes
With their surface fragrance of thyme and, beneath,
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W. H. Auden
Fragmentary Blue

Why make so much of fragmentary blue
In here and there a bird, or butterfly,
Or flower, or wearing-stone, or open eye,
When heaven presents in sheets the solid hue?
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Robert Frost
My Butterfly

Thine emulous fond flowers are dead, too,
And the daft sun-assaulter, he
That frightened thee so oft, is fled or dead:
Save only me
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Robert Frost
Range-finding

The battle rent a cobweb diamond-strung
And cut a flower beside a ground bird's nest
Before it stained a single human breast.
The stricken flower bent double and so hung.
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Robert Frost
The Tuft Of Flowers

I went to turn the grass once after one
Who mowed it in the dew before the sun.

The dew was gone that made his blade so keen
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Robert Frost
Endymion: Book Ii

O Sovereign power of love! O grief! O balm!
All records, saving thine, come cool, and calm,
And shadowy, through the mist of passed years:
For others, good or bad, hatred and tears
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John Keats
Endymion: Book Iv

Muse of my native land! loftiest Muse!
O first-born on the mountains! by the hues
Of heaven on the spiritual air begot:
Long didst thou sit alone in northern grot,
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John Keats
Auguries Of Innocence

To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.
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William Blake
Another Song Of A Fool

This great purple butterfly,
In the prison of my hands,
Has a learning in his eye
Not a poor fool understands.
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William Butler Yeats
Tom O’roughley

‘Though logic-choppers rule the town,
And every man and maid and boy
Has marked a distant object down,
An aimless joy is a pure joy,'
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William Butler Yeats
Extreme Orient

A barge adrift the Perfumed River-
reclining beneath a parasol
is the courtesan Tigress waving her fan
-barge floats past village and pagoda,
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S. K. Kelen
The Cafe Bear

Out back of the cafe a square iron cage
made hard corners for a honey bear
the boys saved from a bulldozer.
Crouched like a dog, the cage
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S. K. Kelen
A Fuzzy Fellow, Without Feet

173

A fuzzy fellow, without feet,
Yet doth exceeding run!
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Emily Dickinson
A Little Road—not Made Of Man

647

A little Road-not made of Man-
Enabled of the Eye-
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Emily Dickinson
A Science—so The Savants Say

100

A science-so the Savants say,
“Comparative Anatomy”-
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Emily Dickinson
A Soft Sea Washed Around The House

1198

A soft Sea washed around the House
A Sea of Summer Air
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Emily Dickinson
Arcturus Is His Other Name

70

“Arcturus” is his other name-
I'd rather call him “Star.”
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Emily Dickinson
Bloom—is Result—to Meet A Flower

1058

Bloom-is Result-to meet a Flower
And casually glance
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Emily Dickinson
Cocoon Above! Cocoon Below!

129

Cocoon above! Cocoon below!
Stealthy Cocoon, why hide you so
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Emily Dickinson
Color—caste—denomination

970

Color-Caste-Denomination-
These-are Time's Affair-
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Emily Dickinson
Defrauded I A Butterfly

730

Defrauded I a Butterfly-
The lawful Heir-for Thee-
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Emily Dickinson
Forget! The Lady With The Amulet

438

Forget! The lady with the Amulet
Forget she wore it at her Heart
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Emily Dickinson
From Cocoon Forth A Butterfly

354

From Cocoon forth a Butterfly
As Lady from her Door
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Emily Dickinson
Go Not Too Near A House Of Rose—

1434

Go not too near a House of Rose-
The depredation of a Breeze-
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Emily Dickinson
I’m The Little “heart’s Ease”

176

I'm the little “Heart's Ease”!
I don't care for pouting skies!
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Emily Dickinson
My Cocoon Tightens—colors Tease—

1099

My Cocoon tightens-Colors tease-
I'm feeling for the Air-
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Emily Dickinson
Nobody Knows This Little Rose

35

Nobody knows this little Rose-
It might a pilgrim be
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Emily Dickinson
One Sister Have I In Our House

14

One Sister have I in our house,
And one, a hedge away.
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Emily Dickinson
Some Such Butterfly Be Seen

541

Some such Butterfly be seen
On Brazilian Pampas-
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Emily Dickinson
The Bee Is Not Afraid Of Me

111

The Bee is not afraid of me.
I know the Butterfly.
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Emily Dickinson
The Butterfly In Honored Dust

1246

The Butterfly in honored Dust
Assuredly will lie
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Emily Dickinson
The Butterfly Obtains

1685

The butterfly obtains
But little sympathy
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Emily Dickinson
The Butterfly Upon The Sky

1521

The Butterfly upon the Sky,
That doesn't know its Name
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Emily Dickinson
The Butterfly’s Assumption Gown

1244

The Butterfly's Assumption Gown
In Chrysoprase Apartments hung
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Emily Dickinson
The Butterfly’s Numidian Gown

1387

The Butterfly's Numidian Gown
With spots of Burnish roasted on
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Emily Dickinson
The Gentian Weaves Her Fringes

18

The Gentian weaves her fringes-
The Maple's loom is red-
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Emily Dickinson
The Pedigree Of Honey

1627

The pedigree of Honey
Does not concern the Bee,
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Emily Dickinson
Twould Ease—a Butterfly

682

'Twould ease-a Butterfly-
Elate-a Bee-
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Emily Dickinson
When Diamonds Are A Legend

397

When Diamonds are a Legend,
And Diadems-a Tale-
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Emily Dickinson
Lord Let Me Live

Lord, let me live, that more and more
Your wonder world I may adore;
With every dawn to grow and grow
Alive to graciousness aglow;
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Robert Service
The Ballad Of The Brand

'Twas up in a land long famed for gold, where women were far and rare,
Tellus, the smith, had taken to wife a maiden amazingly fair;
Tellus, the brawny worker in iron, hairy and heavy of hand,
Saw her and loved her and bore her away from the tribe of a Southern land;
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Robert Service
The Comforter

As I sat by my baby's bed
That's open to the sky,
There fluttered round and round my head
A radiant butterfly.
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Robert Service
The Vixen

Among the taller wood with ivy hung,
The old fox plays and dances round her young.
She snuffs and barks if any passes by
And swings her tail and turns prepared to fly.
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John Clare
Socrates Ghost Must Haunt Me Now

Socrates ghost must haunt me now,
Notorious death has let him go,
He comes to me with a clumsy bow,
Saying in his disused voice,
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Delmore Schwartz
On The Tower

(A play in one act.)

The Knight.
The Lady.
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Sara Teasdale
Calico Pie

I

Calico Pie,
The little Birds fly
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Edward Lear
Merry Autumn

It's all a farce,-these tales they tell
About the breezes sighing,
And moans astir o'er field and dell,
Because the year is dying.
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Paul Laurence Dunbar
Late September

Tang of fruitage in the air;
Red boughs bursting everywhere;
Shimmering of seeded grass;
Hooded gentians all a'mass.
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Amy Lowell
Song

Oh! To be a flower
Nodding in the sun,
Bending, then upspringing
As the breezes run;
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Amy Lowell
The Cremona Violin: Part 05

It was no easy matter to convince
Heinrich that it was finished. Hard to say
That though they could not meet (he saw her wince)
She still must keep the locket to allay
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Amy Lowell
Mariposa

Butterflies are white and blue
In this field we wander through.
Suffer me to take your hand.
Death comes in a day or two.
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Edna St. Vincent Millay
Caterpillar

Brown and furry
Caterpillar in a hurry,
Take your walk
To the shady leaf, or stalk,
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Christina Rossetti
The Triolet

Your triolet should glimmer
Like a butterfly;
In golden light, or dimmer,
Your triolet should glimmer,
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Don Marquis
Benjamin Fraser

Their spirits beat upon mine
Like the wings of a thousand butterflies.
I closed my eyes and felt their spirits vibrating.
I closed my eyes, yet I knew when their lashes
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Edgar Lee Masters
Verses On A Butterfly

Fair Child of Sun and Summer! we behold
With eager eyes thy wings bedropp'd with gold;
The purple spots that o'er thy mantle spread,
The sapphire's lively blue, the ruby's red,
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Joseph Warton