Richard Aldington Poems

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1.
Goodbye!

Come, thrust your hands in the warm earth
And feel her strength through all your veins;
Breathe her full odors, taste her mouth,
Which laughs away imagined pains;
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2.
The Faun Sees Snow For The First Time

Zeus,
Brazen-thunder-hurler,
Cloud-whirler, son-of-Kronos,
Send vengeance on these Oreads
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3.
Images

I

Like a gondola of green scented fruits
Drifting along the dark canals of Venice,
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4.
Round-Pond

Water ruffled and speckled by galloping wind
Which puffs and spurts it into tiny pashing breaks
Dashed with lemon-yellow afternoon sunlight.
The shining of the sun upon the water
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5.
Childhood

I

The bitterness. the misery, the wretchedness of childhood
Put me out of love with God.
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6.
Bombardment

Four days the earth was rent and torn
By bursting steel,
The houses fell about us;
Three nights we dared not sleep,
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7.
The Poplar

Why do you always stand there shivering
Between the white stream and the road?

The people pass through the dust
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8.
Prelude

How could I love you more?
I would give up
Even that beauty I have loved too well
That I might love you better.
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9.
At The British Museum

I turn the page and read:
"I dream of silent verses where the rhyme
Glides noiseless as an oar."
The heavy musty air, the black desks,
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10.
Lemures

In Nineveh
And beyond Nineveh
In the dusk
They were afraid.
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