John Ciardi


John Ciardi Poems

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

Comments about John Ciardi

  • ELINOR H. (2/9/2019 6:50:00 PM)

    THERE'S A POEM BY JOHN CIARDI (I THINK) ABOUT TURNING NINE - WHEN YOU'RE STILL IN THE SINGLE DIGITS - AND YOU'L NOW STAY IN THE DOUBLE DIGITS UNTIL YOU TURN 100. DOES ANYONE REMEMBER AND CAN DIRECT ME TO THIS POEM?

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  • Rena P (9/30/2018 5:36:00 PM)

    I was looking for a poem entitled, Rules. It is by John Ciardi
    Whatever way a thing is done it's wrong as I hope you know for that is the rule of one times one...

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  • sally walsh (9/2/2018 10:30:00 AM)

    looking for John Ciardi's Two Egrets

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  • Katy grischy (8/9/2018 11:35:00 AM)

    Cannot find John Ciardi's poem Cezanne anywhere! Can you help?

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  • Em Smith (5/12/2014 10:24:00 PM)

    I absolutely love love love Ciardi's poetry, but I was disappointed to find that my favourite of is poems, 'My Father's Watch', is not available on poemhunter. Any chance this could be rectified?

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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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