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Famous If You Ask Me Poems by Famous Poets

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by Sandburg, Carl
...I WILL read ashes for you, if you ask me.
I will look in the fire and tell you from the gray lashes
And out of the red and black tongues and stripes,
I will tell how fire comes
And how fire runs far as the sea....Read more of this...

by Gregory, Rg
...bonds we make
  taking the old apart to find new order
  living ourselves boldly for each other's sake

then love is

  if you ask me today what love is
  i should have to name the people i love
  and perhaps because it's spring
  and i cannot control the knife that's in me
  their names would surprise me as much as you

  for years i have assumed that love is bloody
  a thing locked up in house and a family tree
  but suddenly its ache goes out beyond me
  and the first love...Read more of this...

by Carroll, Lewis

She boxed my ears this morning,
They tingled very much;
I own that I could wish her
A somewhat lighter touch;
And if you ask me how
Her charms might be improved,
I would not have them added to,
But just a few removed!

She has the bear's ethereal grace,
The bland hyaena's laugh,
The footstep of the elephant,
The neck of a giraffe;
I love her still, believe me,
Though my heart its passion hides;
"She's all my fancy painted her,"
But oh! how much besides!...Read more of this...

by Frost, Robert
...ord, if I could!" 
"It will go hard with John. What will he do? 
He can't find anyone to take her place." 
"Oh, if you ask me that, what will he do? 
He gets some sort of bakeshop meals together, 
With me to sit and tell him everything, 
What's wanted and how much and where it is. 
But when I'm gone--of course I can't stay here: 
Estelle's to take me when she's settled down. 
He and I only hinder one another. 
I tell them they can't get me through the door...Read more of this...

by Lawrence, D. H.
...retty pretty bourgeois pinks his language just as pink 
if not pinker, 
and in private boasts his exploits even louder, if you ask me, 
than the other. 
While as to honesty, Oh look where the money lies! 

So I can't see where the worm that has turned puts anything over 
the worm that is too cunning to turn. 
On the contrary, he merely gives himself away. 
The turned worm shouts. I bravely booze! 
the other says. Have one with me! 
The turned worm boasts: ...Read more of this...

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