Robert Francis

(August 12, 1901 - July 13, 1987 / Pennsylvania / United States)

Robert Francis Poems

1. Part for the Whole 10/9/2015
2. The Base Stealer 4/27/2015
3. New England Mind 1/3/2003
4. In Memoriam: Four Poets 1/3/2003
5. Encounter 1/3/2003
6. Return 1/3/2003
7. Fair And Unfair 1/13/2003
8. Thoreau In Italy 1/3/2003
9. Squash In Blossom 1/3/2003
10. On A Theme By Frost 1/3/2003
11. Sheep 1/3/2003
12. Hallelujah: A Sestina 1/3/2003
13. Waxwings 1/13/2003
14. Glass 1/3/2003
15. The Bulldozer 1/3/2003
16. Silent Poem 1/3/2003
17. Symbol 1/3/2003
18. Farm Boy After Summer 1/3/2003
19. Catch 1/3/2003
20. Paper Men To Air Hopes And Fears 1/3/2003
21. Summons 1/3/2003
22. Blue Winter 1/3/2003

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Best Poem of Robert Francis

Blue Winter

Winter uses all the blues there are.
One shade of blue for water, one for ice,
Another blue for shadows over snow.
The clear or cloudy sky uses blue twice-
Both different blues. And hills row after row
Are colored blue according to how far.
You know the bluejay's double-blur device
Shows best when there are no green leaves to show.
And Sirius is a winterbluegreen star.

Read the full of Blue Winter


Four Tao philosophers as cedar waxwings
chat on a February berry bush
in sun, and I am one.

Such merriment and such sobriety--
the small wild fruit on the tall stalk--
was this not always my true style?

Above an elegance of snow, beneath

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