John Ciardi

John Ciardi Poems

1. Philosophical Poem 12/21/2015
2. Port Of Aerial Embarkation 6/24/2014
3. An Emeritus Addresses The School 6/24/2014
4. Nothing Is Really Hard But To Be Real— 6/24/2014
5. The Catalpa 6/24/2014
6. Bees And Morning Glories 6/24/2014
7. White Heron 6/24/2013
8. High Tension Lines Across A Landscape 6/24/2014
9. The Dolls 6/24/2014
10. An Apartment With A View 6/24/2014
11. Most Like An Arch This Marriage 6/24/2014
12. Lines 6/24/2014
13. The Pilot In The Jungle 6/24/2014
14. About The Teeth Of Sharks 6/24/2014
15. Abundance 6/24/2014
16. Suburban 6/24/2013
17. Men Marry What They Need 6/24/2013
18. Why Nobody Pets The Lion At The Zoo 6/24/2014
Best Poem of John Ciardi

Why Nobody Pets The Lion At The Zoo

The morning that the world began
The Lion growled a growl at Man.

And I suspect the Lion might
(If he'd been closer) have tried a bite.

I think that's as it ought to be
And not as it was taught to me.

I think the Lion has a right
To growl a growl and bite a bite.

And if the Lion bothered Adam,
He should have growled right back at 'im.

The way to treat a Lion right
Is growl for growl and bite for bite.

True, the Lion is better fit
For biting than for being bit.

But if you look him in the eye
You'll find the Lion's rather ...

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An Apartment With A View

I am in Rome, Vatican bells tolling
a windowful of God and Bernini.
My neighbor, the Pope, has died
and God overnight, has wept
black mantles over the sainted
stone age whose skirted shadows
flit through to the main cave.

I nurse a cold. It must be error

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