Oliver Wendell Holmes

(1809-1894 / United States)

Oliver Wendell Holmes Poems

321. On The Death Of President Garfield 4/6/2010
322. Cacoethes Scribendi 1/1/2004
323. The Height Of The Ridiculous 12/31/2002
324. The Deacon's Masterpiece Or, The Wonderful "One-Hoss Shay": A Logical Story 1/13/2003
325. Contentment 12/31/2002
326. The Chambered Nautilus 12/31/2002
327. The Last Leaf 12/31/2002
328. The Flower Of Liberty 12/31/2002
329. A Farewell To Agassiz 12/31/2002
330. The Iron Gate 12/31/2002
331. Bill And Joe 12/31/2002
332. Old Ironsides 1/1/2004
333. A Parody On “a Psalm Of Life” 5/24/2003
334. The Boys 12/31/2002
335. Sun And Shadow 12/31/2002
336. A Familiar Letter 12/31/2002
Best Poem of Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Familiar Letter

YES, write, if you want to, there's nothing like trying;
Who knows what a treasure your casket may hold?
I'll show you that rhyming's as easy as lying,
If you'll listen to me while the art I unfold.

Here's a book full of words; one can choose as he fancies,
As a painter his tint, as a workman his tool;
Just think! all the poems and plays and romances
Were drawn out of this, like the fish from a pool!

You can wander at will through its syllabled mazes,
And take all you want, not a copper they cost,--
What is...

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The Two Streams

Behold the rocky wall
That down its sloping sides
Pours the swift rain-drops, blending, as they fall,
In rushing river-tides!
Yon stream, whose sources run
Turned by a pebble's edge,
Is Athabasca, rolling toward the sun
Through the cleft mountain-ledge.
The slender rill had strayed,

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