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  • 61.
    In London

    When I look out on London's teeming streets,
    On grim grey houses, and on leaden skies,
    My courage fails me, and my heart grows sick,
    And I remember that fair heritage
    Barter'd by me for what your London gives.
    This is not Nature's city: I am kin
    To whatsoever is of free and wild,
    And here I pine between these narrow walls,
    And London's smoke hides all the stars from me,
    Light from mine eyes, and Heaven from my heart.

    For in an island of those Southern seas
    That lie behind me, guarded by the Cross
    That looks all night from out our splendid skies,
    I know a valley opening to the East.
    There, hour by hour, the lazy tide creeps in
    Upon the sands I shall not pace again --
    Save in a dream, -- and, hour by hour, the tide
    Creeps lazily out, and I behold it not,
    Nor the young moon slow sinking to her rest
    Behind the hills; nor yet the dead white trees
    Glimmering in the starlight: they are ghosts
    Of what has been, and shall be never more.
    No, never more!

       Nor shall I hear again
    The wind that rises at the dead of night
    Suddenly, and sweeps inward from the sea,
    Rustling the tussock, nor the wekas' wail
    Echoing at evening from the tawny hills.
    In that deserted garden that I lov'd
    Day after day, my flowers drop unseen;
    And as your Summer slips away in tears,
    Spring wakes our lovely Lady of the Bush,
    The Kowhai, and she hastes to wrap herself
    All in a mantle wrought of living gold;
    Then come the birds, who are her worshippers,
    To hover round her; tuis swift of wing,
    And bell-birds flashing sudden in the sun,
    Carolling: Ah! what English nightingale,
    Heard in the stillness of a summer eve,
    From out the shadow of historic elms,
    Sings sweeter than our Bell-bird of the Bush?
    And Spring is here: now the Veronica,
    Our Koromiko, whitens on the cliff,
    The honey-sweet Manuka buds, and bursts
    In bloom, and the divine Convolvulus,
    Most fair and frail of all our forest flowers,
    Stars every covert, running riotous.
    O quiet valley, opening to the East,
    How far from this thy peacefulness am I!
    Ah me, how far! and far this stream of Life
    From thy clear creek fast falling to the sea!

    Yet let me not lament that these things are
    In that lov'd country I shall see no more;
    All that has been is mine inviolate,
    Lock'd in the secret book of memory.
    And though I change, my valley knows no change.
    And when I look on London's teeming streets,
    On grim grey houses, and on leaden skies,
    When speech seems but the babble of a crowd,
    And music fails me, and my lamp of life
    Burns low, and Art, my mistress, turns from me, --
    Then do I pass beyond the Gate of Dreams
    Into my kingdom, walking unconstrained
    By ways familiar under Southern skies;
    Nor unaccompanied; the dear dumb things
    I lov'd once, have their immortality.
    There too is all fulfilment of desire:
    In this the valley of my Paradise
    I find again lost ideals, dreams too fair
    For lasting; there I meet once more mine own
    Whom Death has stolen, or Life estranged from me, --
    And thither, with the coming of the dark,
    Thou comest, and the night is full of stars. read more »

  • 62.
    In Honour of the City of London

    LONDON, thou art of townes A per se.
       Soveraign of cities, seemliest in sight,
    Of high renoun, riches and royaltie;
       Of lordis, barons, and many a goodly knyght; read more »

  • 63.
    London

    CRUEL City, London, London,
    Where, duped slaves of devils' creeds,
    Men and women desperate, undone,
    Dream such dreams, and do such deeds: read more »

  • 64.
    The Famous Speech-Maker Of England Or Baron (Alias Barren) Lovel’s Charge At The Assizes At Exon, April 5, 1710

    From London to Exon,
    By special direction,
    Came down the world's wonder,
    Sir Salathiel Blunder, read more »

  • 65.
    ' ' ' ' JOB SECURITY

    It’s 1720’s London
    & highwaymen are notorious

    for fixing up notices read more »

  • 66.
    The Bells and Queen Victoria

    <i>1911</i>


    <i>"Gay go up and gay go down</i> read more »

  • 67.
    DEEP SEA IN LONDON AND PARIS also PARIS - WAEL MOREICHEH

    DEEP SEA IN LONDON AND PARIS also PARIS

    ARE HOMER AND THE NAME OF FLOWERS NEED NEW NAME read more »

  • 68.
    Narcissus

    The mind is a city like London,
    Smoky and populous: it is a capital read more »

  • 69.
    city on the sea? ? WAEL MOREICHEH

    WHO KNOW LONDON
    CITY OF IMMORTAL HISTORY
    CITY ON THE MID SEA CAN`T
    FALL IN A LOVELY AUTUMN read more »

  • 70.
    Beatles Memory

    Listening to ' Beatles Sunday Morning'
    Reminds me of a foggy London memory.......
    Spent nine hours on a plane from JFK
    Some years ago back in the 60's read more »

  • 71.
    Found

    “THERE is a budding morrow in midnight:”—
    So sang our Keats, our English nightingale.
    And here, as lamps across the bridge turn pale read more »

  • 72.
    0205 Front porch days

    London, six o'clock in June, two-o-o-five:

    These streets were built in nineteen-five or thereabouts
    in unimaginative grid, on London clay and previous watercress beds read more »

New London Poems

  1. Return home safely isn't nontrivial, Mark Heathcote
  2. I Am A Professor, A Univeristy Professor.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  3. In a Restaurant, 1917, Eleanour Norton
  4. Haiku... Hey Kew, Ken e Hall
  5. Pareidolia, Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu
  6. Nonsense Droppings, Radhamani Sarma
  7. Farewell to London Bridge, May Doyle
  8. Breathing Out, Sadiqullah Khan
  9. London's burning, AaI Harvey
  10. London Baby, Moses Samandar
  11. London Bridge, Edwina Reizer
  12. Poems For Strangers, Pierre Rausch
  13. The most beautiful city London is the ca.., Mazid S Kazi , INDIA
  14. London School Of Economics (Aka L.S.E), Nicolas GRENIER
  15. This Is London, Alexander Hayden James Smith
  16. London Bridge, Neela Nath
  17. Memories of London, Dennis Adonis
  18. City Haiku, Ell Ell
  19. LONDON, Nicolas GRENIER
  20. LONDON CALLED, Robinson Jonathan Dare
  21. The Themes, William Cheesman
  22. Zig-Zag on a London Train, Najib Altawell
  23. Lines on A.B, James McIntyre
  24. Manchester above everything, Mancunian Lad
  25. First Encounter - Mustafa Noor (Malaysia), john tiong chunghoo
  26. 'The Reverend Paisley', Michael Micmac Mccrory
  27. The Train To Waterloo, Angela Wybrow
  28. London, Affan Chowdhury
  29. London Streets, Aparna Chatterjee
  30. Goodbye London, Abayomi Habib
  31. London, Angela Wybrow
  32. London, Catman Cohen
  33. London Riot Haiku, john tiong chunghoo
  34. Britanica Hymn Edited, Aldo Kraas
  35. Britanica Hymn Revised, Aldo Kraas
  36. Lights Out, Jessie Pope
  37. MOON SHINING OVER THE LONDON BRIDGE, Aldo Kraas
  38. His Letter Of Hope, Joyce Hemsley
  39. J'adore the underground, Lucia Domingos Fula
  40. Plane Blanket Haiku, C Richard Miles
  41. Oxford Street, Edward Kofi Louis
  42. The Oldest Thing In London, Cicely Fox Smith
  43. The Image, Cicely Fox Smith
  44. London Pool, Cicely Fox Smith
  45. By The Old Pagoda Anchorage [1926], Cicely Fox Smith
  46. By The Old Pagoda Anchorage [1924], Cicely Fox Smith
  47. london, seamus j carroll
  48. Ballade Of Cleopatra's Needle, Andrew Lang
  49. London, Francis William Lauderdale A ..
  50. For Selma, Langston Hughes
  51. LONDON FIELDS SONG, Aldo Kraas
  52. A HUMAN BEING, Samanyan Lakshminarayanan
  53. Sir Christopher Wren 1632-1723, Joyce Hemsley
  54. THe Unification of London and France, Harlan Lovestone
  55. West London GIRL, Holda Felix
  56. I HAVE MY EYES FIXED ON LONDON SONG, Aldo Kraas
  57. Don't stand aloof, Enitan Onikoyi
  58. Michael Jackson Tribute Haiku, john tiong chunghoo
  59. London city you claims your right, see fee lee
  60. Constable, Jason Palmer
  61. Travel Haiku - Brixton South West London, john tiong chunghoo
  62. IN LONDON, Vida Nenadic
  63. Hope Hanging On At Heathrow, C Richard Miles
  64. HE WANTS TO GO TO LONDON, TOO, Vida Nenadic
  65. mate-man, mate-woman, gershon hepner
  66. The homeless, Dan Jordan
  67. London’s Water, C Richard Miles
  68. London, Jim McDonald
  69. LONDON'S HEART, Colin Ian Jeffery
  70. The is a nonce in the village, James Clive
  71. Travel Haiku - London's Marylebone, john tiong chunghoo
  72. Shock And Awe (War Politics), Philip Housiaux
  73. Unchained Melody (Parody on 'The Streets.., Margaret Kollmer
  74. -DANCE ON THE BRIM OF THE WORLD - WAEL M.., WAEL MOREICHEH
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