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Famous Don't Ask Poems by Famous Poets

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by Brecht, Bertolt
...Show me the way to the next whisky bar
Oh, don't ask why, oh, don't ask why
Show me the way to the next whisky bar
Oh, don't ask why, oh, don't ask why
For if we don't find the next whisky bar
I tell you we must die
I tell you we must die
I tell you
I tell you
I tell you we must die

Oh, moon of Alabama
We now must say say good-bye
We've lost our good old mamma
And must have whisky
Oh, you know why.<...Read more of this...

by Frost, Robert
...w and mist
That doesn't exist,

I was going to say,
For God, man, or beast's sake,
Yet does perhaps for all three.

Don't ask Joe
What it is to him.
It's sometimes dim
What it is to me,
Unless it be
It's the old captain's dark fate
Who failed to find or force a strait
In its two-thousand-mile coast;
And his crew left him where be failed,
And nothing came of all be sailed.

It's to say, "You and I—"
To such a ghost—
You and I
Off here
With the dead race of the Grea...Read more of this...

by Plath, Sylvia
...ither of those countries do I frequent:
Earth is my haunt.'

'Come, come,' Father Shawn gave an impatient shrug,
'I don't ask you to spin some ridiculous fable
Of gilded harps or gnawing fire: simply tell
After your life's end, what just epilogue
God ordained to follow up your days. Is it such trouble
To satisfy the questions of a curious old fool?'

'In life, love gnawed my skin
To this white bone;
What love did then, love does now:
Gnaws me through.'

'What love...Read more of this...

by Gregory, Rg
   give me
not england but the world with england in it
with people as promiscuous as planes (the colours
 don't ask for wars to end or men
to have their deaths wrapped up as christmas gifts
expect myself to die a coward - proclaim no lives
as kisses - offer no roses to the blind
no sanctions to the damned - will not shake hands 
with him who rapes my wife or chokes my daughter
only when drunk or mad will think myself
the master of my purse - will lust for ease
s...Read more of this...

by Storni, Alfonsina, but meanwhile,
open for me the cage from which I want to escape.
Little little man, I loved you half an hour,
Don't ask me again....Read more of this...

by Lux, Thomas
...his room?
He is so seldom in town.
I felt by their glance in the hallway
that my room, no. 17, means
something (don't ask me to explain this) special
to them. Maybe they fell fiercely
into each other here for the first time,
maybe there was a passion preternatural. I'm glad
this room, so ugly, has known some love
at $19.00 double occupancy--
though not tonight, for a dollar fifty less....Read more of this...

by Bukowski, Charles
...alone so he could
write write WRITE!


and there's another
type. I've met them at their country
places (don't ask me what I was doing there because
I don't know).

they were born with money and
they don't have to dirty their hands in
slaughterhouses or washing
dishes in grease joints or
driving cabs or pimping or selling pot.

this gives them time to understand

they walk in with their cocktail glass
held about heart high
and when they drink ...Read more of this...

by Kizer, Carolyn
...listen to our stories?

Because they hate to excavate old memories
They don't believe our stories have an end.
They don't ask questions because they dread the answers.
They don't see that we've become their mirrors,

We offspring of our enormous children....Read more of this...

by Szymborska, Wislawa
...In sealed box cars travel
names across the land,
and how far they will travel so,
and will they ever get out,
don't ask, I won't say, I don't know.

The name Nathan strikes fist against wall,
the name Isaac, demented, sings,
the name Sarah calls out for water for
the name Aaron that's dying of thirst.

Don't jump while it's moving, name David.
You're a name that dooms to defeat,
given to no one, and homeless,
too heavy to bear in this land.

Let your...Read more of this...

by Frost, Robert
...s his mistake. The dear knows my interest 
Has been to keep the thing from breaking up. 
This is a good home: I don't ask for better. 
But when I've said, 'Why shouldn't they be married,' 
He'd say, 'Why should they?' no more words than that." 
"And after all why should they? John's been fair 
I take it. What was his was always hers. 
There was no quarrel about property." 
"Reason enough, there was no property. 
A friend or two as good as own t...Read more of this...

by Miller, Alice Duer
...want him called John after you, or if not that I'd rather—' 
'But the eldest son is always called Percy, dear.' 
'I don't ask to call him Hiram, after my father—' 
'But the eldest son is always called Percy, dear.' 
'But I hate the name Percy. I like Richard or Ronald, 
Or Peter like your brother, or Ian or Noel or Donald—' 
'But the eldest is always called Percy, dear.' 
So the Vicar christened him Percy; and Lady Jean 
Gave to the child and me the empty plac...Read more of this...

by Kipling, Rudyard
...ll down the Bow Bazaar.
Speak to placid Nubbee Baksh -- question land and sea --
Ask the Indian Congressmen -- only don't ask me!...Read more of this...

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