John Frederick Nims

(20 November 1913 - 13 January 1999 / Muskegon, Michigan)

John Frederick Nims Poems

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1. Days Of Our Years 4/12/2010
2. Decline And Fall 4/12/2010
3. Isaiah’s Coal 4/12/2010
4. The Young Ionia 4/12/2010
5. Tide Turning 4/12/2010
6. Conclusion 4/12/2010
7. Christmas Tree 4/12/2010
8. Portrait 4/12/2010
9. Parting: 1940 4/12/2010
10. Blind Joy 4/12/2010
11. Madrigal In Time Of War 4/12/2010
12. Love Poem 1/1/2004

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Best Poem of John Frederick Nims

Parting: 1940

Not knowing in what season this again
Not knowing when again the arms outyearning
Nor the flung smile in eyes not knowing when

Not sure beyond all doubt of full return
Not sure of time now nor the film’s reversal
This all done opposite, the waif regathered

Like our lost parents in the blinded song
We bag in hand with wandering steps and slow
Through suburbs take our solitary way

Not that all clouds are garrisoned and stung
Not that horizons loom with coppered legions
Not that the year is dark with weird condition

All who parted in...

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