Paul Engle

(October 12, 1908 – March 22, 1991)

Paul Engle Poems

1. Hero 2/2/2016
2. Twenty Below 2/2/2016
3. For 1939 2/2/2016
4. Heritage 2/2/2016
5. Proem to American Song 2/2/2016
6. Return in Autumn 2/2/2016
7. In a Bar Near Shibuya Station, Tokyo 2/2/2016
8. Tourist 2/2/2016
9. Venus and the Lute Player 9/30/2015
Best Poem of Paul Engle

Venus and the Lute Player

(Tiziano Vecellio, 1477- 1576)


Far in the background a blue mountain waits
To echo back the song
The note-necked swan, while it reverberates,
Paddles the tune along.

The player is a young man richly dressed.
His hand is never mute.
But quick in motion as if it caressed
Both lady and the lute.

Nude as the sunlit air the lady rests.
She does not listen with her dainty ear,
But trembles at the love song as her breasts
Turn pink to hear.

She does not rise up at his voice's fall,
But takes that music in,
By pointed leg and searching ...

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