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Famous Short Life Poems

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

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by Matsuo Basho

How admirable

 How admirable!
to see lightning and not think
 life is fleeting.

by Emily Dickinson

Of Life to own --

 Of Life to own --
From Life to draw --
But never tough the reservoir --

by Robert Herrick


 Though hourly comforts from the gods we see,
No life is yet life-proof from misery.

by Roger McGough


 i wanted one life
you wanted another
we couldn't have our cake
so we ate eachother.

by Emily Dickinson

In this short Life

 In this short Life
That only lasts an hour
How much -- how little -- is
Within our power

by Henry David Thoreau

My life has been the poem

 My life has been the poem I would have writ, 
But I could not both live and utter it.

by Regina Derieva

All My Life

 All my life 
I sought 
an angel.
And he appeared in order to say: "I am no angel !"

by Edward Estlin (E E) Cummings



is a looking bird:the turn ing;edge of life (inquiry before snow

by Robert Herrick


 Great men by small means oft are overthrown;
He's lord of thy life, who contemns his own.

by Robert Herrick


 Let's live in haste; use pleasures while we may;
Could life return, 'twould never lose a day.

by Robert Herrick


 Drink wine, and live here blitheful while ye may;
The morrow's life too late is; Live to-day.

by Walt Whitman

Untold Want The.

 THE untold want, by life and land ne’er granted, 
Now, Voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find.

by Robert Herrick


 Knew'st thou one month would take thy life away,
Thou'dst weep; but laugh, should it not last a day.

by Emily Dickinson

Love -- is anterior to Life --

 Love -- is anterior to Life --
Posterior -- to Death --
Initial of Creation, and
The Exponent of Earth --

by Walt Whitman

Thou Reader.

 THOU reader throbbest life and pride and love the same as I, 
Therefore for thee the following chants.

by Walt Whitman


 WHAT are those of the known, but to ascend and enter the Unknown? 
And what are those of life, but for Death?

by Emily Dickinson

To die -- without the Dying

 To die -- without the Dying
And live -- without the Life
This is the hardest Miracle
Propounded to Belief.

by Adelaide Crapsey


With swift
Great sweep of her
Magnificent arm my pain
Clanged back the doors that shut my soul
From life.

by Friedrich von Schiller

The Animating Principle

 Nowhere in the organic or sensitive world ever kindles
Novelty, save in the flower, noblest creation of life.

by Emily Dickinson

Morning that comes but once

 Morning that comes but once,
Considers coming twice --
Two Dawns upon a single Morn,
Make Life a sudden price.

by Emily Dickinson

Surgeons must be very careful

 Surgeons must be very careful
When they take the knife!
Underneath their fine incisions
Stirs the Culprit -- Life!

by Thomas Hardy

Epitaph On A Pessimist

 I'm Smith of Stoke aged sixty odd
I've lived without a dame all my life
And wish to God
My dad had done the same.

by Emily Dickinson

Go thy great way!

 Go thy great way!
The Stars thou meetst
Are even as Thyself --
For what are Stars but Asterisks
To point a human Life?

by Ogden Nash

Introspective Reflection

 I would live all my life in nonchalance and insouciance
Were it not for making a living, which is rather a nouciance.

by Nazim Hikmet


 Oh, both my shoes are shiny new,
And pristine is my hat;
My dress is 1922.
My life is all like that.