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Famous Achieves Poems by Famous Poets

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by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
...cked steeds, 
With flags unfurled the dauntless host proceeds.
What though the foe outnumbers two to one? 
Boldness achieves what strength oft leaves undone; 
A daring mein will cause brute force to cower, 
And courage is the secret source of power.
As Custer's column wheels upon their sight
The frightened red men yield the untried field by flight.

Yet when these conquering heroes sink to rest, 
Dissatisfaction gnaws the leader's breast, 
For far away...Read more of this...

by Dickinson, Emily
...Exhilaration -- is within --
There can no Outer Wine
So royally intoxicate
As that diviner Brand

The Soul achieves -- Herself --
To drink -- or set away
For Visitor -- Or Sacrament --
'Tis not of Holiday

To stimulate a Man
Who hath the Ample Rhine
Within his Closet -- Best you can
Exhale in offering....Read more of this...

by Frost, Robert
...n he can't do anything, falls back
On words, and tries his worst to make words speak
Louder than actions, and sometimes achieves it.
It seems a narrow choice the age insists on
8ow about being a good Greek, for instance)
That course, they tell me, isn't offered this year.
"Come, but this isn't choosing—puke or prude?"

Well, if I have to choose one or the other,
I choose to be a plain New Hampshire farmer
With an income in cash of, say, a thousand
(From, say, a publis...Read more of this...

by Dickinson, Emily
...Ourselves we do inter with sweet derision.
The channel of the dust who once achieves
Invalidates the balm of that religion
That doubts as fervently as it believes....Read more of this...

by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler

Smile upon your undone labour; 
Not for one who grieves
O’er his task waits wealth or glory; 
He who smiles achieves.
Though you meet with loss and sorrow
In the passing years, 
Smile a little, smile a little, 
Even through your tears....Read more of this...

by Petrarch, Francesco
...PAN>Of whom for me the Muse a subject weaves,Who in my captured heart her home achieves,As on some wall or tree the ivy growsThat living laurel—where their chosen nestMy high thoughts made, where sigh'd mine ardent grief,Yet never stirr'd of its fair boughs a leaf—To heaven translated, in my heart, her rest,...Read more of this...

by Rukeyser, Muriel
by fission

(and this species
is very small
next in order to
the amoeba, the beginning one)

The paramecium
achieves, then,
by dividing

But when
the paramecium
desires renewal
strength another joy
this is what 
the paramecium does:

The paramecium
lies down beside
another paramecium

Slowly inexplicably
the exchange
takes place
in which
some bits
of the nucleus of each
are exchanged

for some bits 
of the nucleus
of the other

This is called
the conju...Read more of this...

by Rilke, Rainer Maria
...d we can no longer follow it gazing
into images that soothe it into the godlike bodies
where measured more greatly if achieves a greater repose....Read more of this...

by Riley, James Whitcomb
...oadsides bloom in his applause, 
Who bides his time.

Who bides his time, and fevers not 
In the hot race that none achieves, 
Shall wear cool-wreathen laurel, wrought 
With crimson berries in the leaves; 
And he shall reign a goodly king, 
And sway his hand o'er every clime 
With peace writ on his signet-ring, 
Who bides his time....Read more of this...

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