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. Thoreau In Italy 1/3/2003
6. Return 1/3/2003
7. Squash In Blossom 1/3/2003
8. On A Theme By Frost 1/3/2003
9. Encounter 1/3/2003
10. Fair And Unfair 1/13/2003
11. Sheep 1/3/2003
12. Hallelujah: A Sestina 1/3/2003
13. Waxwings 1/13/2003
14. The Bulldozer 1/3/2003
15. Glass 1/3/2003
16. Silent Poem 1/3/2003
17. Symbol 1/3/2003
18. Paper Men To Air Hopes And Fears 1/3/2003
19. Farm Boy After Summer 1/3/2003
20. Catch 1/3/2003
21. Blue Winter 1/3/2003
22. Summons 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Robert Francis


Keep me from going to sleep too soon
Or if I go to sleep too soon
Come wake me up. Come any hour
Of night. Come whistling up the road.
Stomp on the porch. Bang on the door.
Make me get out of bed and come
And let you in and light a light.
Tell me the northern lights are on
And make me look. Or tell me clouds
Are doing something to the moon
They never did before, and show me.
See that I see. Talk to me till
I'm half as wide awake as you
And start to dress wondering why
I ever went to bed at all.
Tell me the walking is superb.
Not only tell me but ...

Read the full of Summons


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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