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Famous Short Dark Poems. Short Dark Poetry by Famous Poets. A collection of the all-time best Dark short poems

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by Yosa Buson

Old well

 Old well,
a fish leaps--
 dark sound.


by Jack Kerouac

Haiku

 Birds singing
 in the dark
—Rainy dawn.


by Yosa Buson

Not quite dark yet

 Not quite dark yet
and the stars shining
above the withered fields.


by Carl Sandburg

Window

 Night from a railroad car window
Is a great, dark, soft thing
Broken across with slashes of light.


by Emily Dickinson

By Chivalries as tiny

 By Chivalries as tiny,
A Blossom, or a Book,
The seeds of smiles are planted --
Which blossom in the dark.


by Robert Burns

47. Epitaph on a Noisy Polemic

 BELOW thir stanes lie Jamie’s banes;
 O Death, it’s my opinion,
Thou ne’er took such a bleth’rin bitch
 Into thy dark dominion!


by Emily Dickinson

So set its Sun in Thee

 So set its Sun in Thee
What Day be dark to me --
What Distance -- far --
So I the Ships may see
That touch -- how seldomly --
Thy Shore?


by Edward Lear

Y was a yew

Y

was a yew,
Which flourished and grew
By a quiet abode
Near the side of a road.

y

Dark little yew!


by Robert Burns

187. Epigram on Parting with a kind Host in the Highlands

 WHEN Death’s dark stream I ferry o’er,
 (A time that surely shall come,)
In Heav’n itself I’ll ask no more,
 Than just a Highland welcome.


by Edward Lear

L was a light

L

was a light
Which burned all the night,
And lighted the gloom
Of a very dark room.

l

Useful nice light!


by Edward Lear

O was an Owl who flew

O

was an Owl who flew
All in the dark away, Papa said, "What an owl you are!
Why don't you fly by day?"


by Wang Wei

Bamboo Adobe

 I sit along in the dark bamboo grove,
Playing the zither and whistling long.
In this deep wood no one would know - Only the bright moon comes to shine.


by Dorothy Parker

Philosophy

 If I should labor through daylight and dark,
Consecrate, valorous, serious, true,
Then on the world I may blazon my mark;
And what if I don't, and what if I do?


by Jack Gilbert

Divorce

 Woke up suddenly thinking I heard crying.
Rushed through the dark house.
Stopped, remembering.
Stood looking out at bright moonlight on concrete.


by Omar Khayyam

There is a mystery I know full well,

There is a mystery I know full well,
Which to all, good and bad, I cannot tell;
My words are dark, but I cannot unfold
The secrets of the «station» where I dwell.


by Omar Khayyam

He brought me hither, and I felt surprise,

He brought me hither, and I felt surprise,
From life I gather but a dark surmise,
I go against my will;—thus, why I come,
Why live, why go, are all dark mysteries.


by William Carlos (WCW) Williams

The Great Figure

 Among the rain
and lights
I saw the figure 5
in gold
on a red
firetruck
moving
tense
unheeded
to gong clangs
siren howls
and wheels rumbling
through the dark city.


by Omar Khayyam

I drown in sin—show me Thy clemency!

I drown in sin—show me Thy clemency!
My soul is dark—make me Thy light to see!
A heaven that must be earned by painful works,
I call a wage, not a gift fair and free.


by Omar Khayyam

All mortal ken is bounded by the veil,

All mortal ken is bounded by the veil,
To see beyond man's sight is all too frail;
Yea! earth's dark bosom is his only home;—
Alas! 'twere long to tell the doleful tale.


by Omar Khayyam

They who by genius, and by power of brain,

They who by genius, and by power of brain,
The rank of man's enlighteners attain,
Not even they emerge from this dark night,
But tell their dreams, and fall asleep again.


by Omar Khayyam

When dawn doth silver the dark firmament,

When dawn doth silver the dark firmament,
Why shrills the bird of dawning his lament?
It is to show in dawn's bright looking-glass
How of thy careless life a night is spent.


by Omar Khayyam

Reason not of the five, nor of the four,

Reason not of the five, nor of the four,
Be their dark problems one, or many score;
We are but earth, go, minstrel, bring the lute,
We are but air, bring wine, I ask no more!


by Edward Lear

There was an Old Man of the Cape

There was an Old Man of the Cape,
Who possessed a large Barbary Ape;
Till the Ape, one dark night, set the house all alight,
Which burned that Old Man of the Cape.


by Robert Louis Stevenson

So Live So Love So Use That Fragile Hour

 SO live, so love, so use that fragile hour,
That when the dark hand of the shining power
Shall one from other, wife or husband, take,
The poor survivor may not weep and wake.


by Omar Khayyam

We are but chessmen, destined, it is plain,

We are but chessmen, destined, it is plain,
That great chess-player, Heaven, to entertain;
It moves us on life's chess-board to and fro,
And then in death's dark box shuts up again.


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