Richard Wilbur

(March 1, 1921)

Poems of Richard Wilbur

1. A Fable 1/3/2003
2. A Fire-Truck 1/13/2003
3. A Hole In The Floor 1/13/2003
4. A World Without Objects is a Sensible Emptiness 6/23/2003
5. Advice to a Prophet 1/3/2003
6. Boy at the Window 1/3/2003
7. Epistemology 8/12/2003
8. Exeunt 1/3/2003
9. For K.R. on her Sixtieth Birthday 1/3/2003
10. Having Misidentified a Wild-Flower 1/3/2003
11. In a Churchyard 6/29/2003
12. In the Smoking Car 1/3/2003
13. Juggler 7/3/2003
14. June Light 1/20/2003
15. Love Calls Us To The Things Of This World 1/13/2003
16. March 26, 1974 1/3/2003
17. Matthew VIII,28 ff. 1/3/2003
18. Museum Piece 1/3/2003
19. Orchard Trees, January 1/3/2003
20. Parable 1/3/2003

Advice to a Prophet

When you come, as you soon must, to the streets of our city,
Mad-eyed from stating the obvious,
Not proclaiming our fall but begging us
In God's name to have self-pity,

Spare us all word of the weapons, their force and range,
The long numbers that rocket the mind;
Our slow, unreckoning hearts will be left behind,
Unable to fear what is too strange.

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