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Famous Short Old Poems

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

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by Yosa Buson

Old well

 Old well,
a fish leaps--
 dark sound.

by Kobayashi Issa

Visiting the graves

 Visiting the graves,
the old dog
leads the way.

by Yosa Buson

The old man

 The old man
cutting barley--
bent like a sickle.

by Harold Pinter

Poem (I saw Len Hutton in his prime...)

 I saw Len Hutton in his prime

Another time

 another time

by Yosa Buson

Straw sandal half sunk

 Straw sandal half sunk
in an old pond
 in the sleety snow.

by Kobayashi Issa

Face of the spring moon

 Face of the spring moon--
about twelve years old,
I'd say.

by Matsuo Basho

This old village

 This old village--
not a single house
 without persimmon trees.

by Matsuo Basho

Teeth sensitive to the sand

 Teeth sensitive to the sand
in salad greens--
 I'm getting old.

by Matsuo Basho

An old silent pond...

An old silent pond...
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again. 

by Mother Goose

Fears And Tears

Tommy's tears and Mary's fears
Will make them old before their years.

by Kobayashi Issa

Asked how old he was

 Asked how old he was,
the boy in the new kimono
stretched out all five fingers.

by Robert Frost

The Span Of Life

 The old dog barks backwards without getting up.
I can remember when he was a pup.

by Emily Dickinson

Many cross the Rhine

 Many cross the Rhine
In this cup of mine.
Sip old Frankfort air From my brown Cigar.

by Walt Whitman

To Old Age.

 I SEE in you the estuary that enlarges and spreads itself grandly as it pours in the great

by Rg Gregory

conturbat me

 martin’s death
has made me scared
of the old bat
that clings to the eaves
waiting to enter the house

by Carl Sandburg


 SPEAK, sir, and be wise.
Speak choosing your words, sir, like an old woman over a bushel of apples.

by Emily Dickinson

Triumph -- may be of several kinds

 Triumph -- may be of several kinds --
There's Triumph in the Room
When that Old Imperator -- Death --
By Faith

by William Carlos (WCW) Williams

The Soughing Wind

 Some leaves hang late, some fall
before the first frost—so goes 
the tale of winter branches and old bones.

by Friedrich von Schiller

The Present Generation

 Was it always as now? This race I truly can't fathom.
Nothing is young but old age; youth, alas! only is old.

by Roger McGough

Mrs Moon

 Mrs Moon
sitting up in the sky
little old lady
with a ball of fading light
and silvery needles
knitting the night

by Robert Louis Stevenson

I Know Not How But As I Count

 I KNOW not how, but as I count
The beads of former years,
Old laughter catches in my throat
With the very feel of tears.

by Walt Whitman

Beautiful Women.

 WOMEN sit, or move to and fro—some old, some young; 
The young are beautiful—but the old are more beautiful than the young.

by Mother Goose

The Old Woman Under A Hill

There was an old woman
  Lived under a hill;
And if she's not gone,
  She lives there still.

by Walter Savage Landor


 Stand close around, ye Stygian set,
With Dirce in one boat conveyed,
Or Charon, seeing, may forget
That he is old and she a shade.

by Mother Goose

Old Mother Goose

Old Mother Goose, when
  She wanted to wander,
Would ride through the air
  On a very fine gander.