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Famous In Trouble Poems by Famous Poets

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by Hardy, Thomas
...Your troubles shrink not, though I feel them less
 Here, far away, than when I tarried near;
I even smile old smiles--with listlessness--
 Yet smiles they are, not ghastly mockeries mere.

A thought too strange to house within my brain
 Haunting its outer precincts I discern:
 --That I will not show zeal again to learn
Your griefs, and, sharing them, r...Read More

by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler gives birth,
But the worry it brings is double;
And all that repays for the strife of life,
Is helping some soul in trouble.

I tell you, if I could go back the track
To my life’s morning hour,
I would not set forth, seeking name or fame,
Or that poor bauble called power.
I would be like the sunlight, and live to give;
I would lend, but I would not borrow;
Nor would I be blind and complain of pain,
Forgetting the meaning of sorrow.

This world is a vaporous...Read More

by Berryman, John
...Henry in trouble whirped out lonely whines.
When ich when was ever not in trouble?
But did he whip out whines
afore? And when check in wif ales & lifelines
anyone earlier O?—Some, now, Mr Bones,
many.—I am fleeing double:

Mr Past being no friends of mine,
all them around: Sir Future Dubious,
calamitous & grand:
I can no foothold here; wherefore I pine...Read More

by Cohen, Leonard 
But there's gonna be a meter on your bed 
That will disclose 
What everybody knows 
And everybody knows that you're in trouble 
Everybody knows what you've been through 
From the bloody cross on top of Calvary 
To the beach of Malibu 
Everybody knows it's coming apart 
Take one last look at this Sacred Heart 
Before it blows 
And everybody knows 
Everybody knows, everybody knows 
That's how it goes 
Everybody knows 
Oh everybody knows, everybody knows 
That's how it goes ...Read More

by Wright, James
...oung man
In those days. On that evening
The cold was so God damned
Bitter there was nothing.
Nothing. I was in trouble
With a woman, and there was nothing
There but me and dead snow.

I stood on the street corner
In Minneapolis, lashed
This way and that.
Wind rose from some pit,
Hunting me.
Another bus to Saint Paul
Would arrive in three hours,
If I was lucky.

Then the young Sioux
Loomed beside me, his scars
Were just my age.

Ain't got no bus...Read More

by Nesbit, Edith
...1 It's all for nothing: I've lost im now.
2 I suppose it ad to be:
3 But oh I never thought it of im,
4 Nor e never thought it of me.
5 And all for a kiss on your evening out
6 An a field where the grass was down ...
7 And e as gone to God-knows-where,
8 And I may go on the town. 

9 The worst of all was the thing e said
10 The nigh...Read More

by Lawson, Henry
...n than Jack -- no straighter south the line, 
There is no hand in all the land I'd sooner grip in mine; 
To help a mate in trouble Jack would go through flood and fire. 
Great Scott! and don't you know the name of Dunn of Nevertire? 
Big Dunn of Nevertire, 
Long Jack from Nevertire; 
He stuck to me through thick and thin, Jack Dunn of Nevertire. 

`I did a wild and foolish thing while Jack and I were mates, 
And I disgraced my guv'nor's name, an' wished to try the Sta...Read More

by Field, Eugene those courtesies which plainly, surely prove
That he's the kind of person that never does go back
On a fellow that's in trouble?
Why, little Mack!

I've heard 'em tell of Dana, and of Bonner, and of Reid,
Of Johnnie Cockerill, who, I'll own, is very smart indeed;
Yet I don't care what their renown or influence may be,
One metropolitan exchange is quite enough for me!
So keep your Danas, Bonners, Reids, your Cockerills, and the rest,
The woods is full of better men all thro...Read More

by Housman, A E
...On Wenlock Edge the wood's in trouble;
His forest fleece the Wrekin heaves;
The gale, it plies the saplings double,
And thick on Severn snow the leaves.

'Twould blow like this through holt and hanger
When Uricon the city stood;
'Tis the old wind in the old anger,
But then it threshed another wood.

Then, 'twas before my time, the Roman
At yonder heaving hill would stare;
The ...Read More

by Milton, John
...nventions they presumed 
So easy, and of his thunder made a scorn, 
And all his host derided, while they stood 
A while in trouble: But they stood not long; 
Rage prompted them at length, and found them arms 
Against such hellish mischief fit to oppose. 
Forthwith (behold the excellence, the power, 
Which God hath in his mighty Angels placed!) 
Their arms away they threw, and to the hills 
(For Earth hath this variety from Heaven 
Of pleasure situate in hill and dale,) 
L...Read More

by Parker, Dorothy the portal as you go,
And see its bolts be double....
Come back in half an hour or so,
And I will be in trouble....Read More

by Sexton, Anne
...ce. The fracture was double.
The days are horizontal. The days are a drag.
All of the skeleton in me is in trouble.

Across the hall is the bedpan station.
The urine and stools pass hourly by my head
in silver bowls. They flush in unison
in the autoclave. My one dozen roses are dead.

The have ceased to menstruate. They hang
there like little dried up blood clots.
And the heart too, that cripple, how it sang
once. How it thought...Read More

by Sexton, Anne
I never knew. And Lent will keep its hurt
for someone else. Christ knows enough
staunch guys have hitched him in trouble.
thinking his sticks were badges to wear.

Spring rusts on its skinny branch
and last summer's lawn
is soggy and brown.
Yesterday is just a number.
All of its winters avalanche
out of sight. What was, is gone.
Mother, last night I slept
in your Bonwit Teller nightgown.
Divided, you climbed into my head.
There...Read More

by O'Hara, Frank one is racing towards him
down intriguingly hung stairways 
towards the firm lamp of his thighs 

we are indeed in trouble sprawling
feet upwards to the sun our faces
growing smaller in the colossal dark....Read More

by Dickey, James
...the floor as we took runs about 
Two more porch-pillars and looked out and saw something a fish-flash 
An almighty fin in trouble a moiling of secret forces a false start 
Of water a round wave growing in the whole of Cumberland Sound the one ripple. 
Payton took off without a word I could not hold him either 

But clung to the rope anyway it was the whole house bending 
Its nails that held whatever it was coming in a little and like a fool 
I took up the slack on my wri...Read More

by Gordon, Adam Lindsay
...for the most part, somewhat reckless as a rule, 
It seems that you and I are left alone. 
There was Hughes, who got in trouble through that business with the cards, 
It matters little what became of him; 
But a steer ripp'd up Macpherson in the Cooraminta yards, 
And Sullivan was drown'd at Sink-or-swim; 
And Mostyn -- poor Frank Mostyn -- died at last, a fearful wreck, 
In the "horrors" at the Upper Wandinong, 
And Carisbrooke, the rider, at the Horsefall broke his neck;...Read More

by Brecht, Bertolt a kind of silence about injustice!
And he who walks calmly across the street,
Is he not out of reach of his friends
In trouble?

It is true: I earn my living
But, believe me, it is only an accident.
Nothing that I do entitles me to eat my fill.
By chance I was spared. (If my luck leaves me
I am lost.)

They tell me: eat and drink. Be glad you have it!
But how can I eat and drink
When my food is snatched from the hungry
And my glass of water belongs to ...Read More

by Lawson, Henry
And moaning in her chair. 
`I cannot bear disgrace,' she moaned; 
`Disgrace I cannot bear. 

`In hardship and in trouble 
I struggled year by year 
To make my children better 
Than other children here. 
And if my son's a felon 
How can I show my face? 
I cannot bear disgrace; my God, 
I cannot bear disgrace! 

`Ah, God in Heaven pardon! 
I'm selfish in my woe -- 
My boy is better-hearted 
Than many that I know. 
And I will face the world's disgrace, 
And, ti...Read More

by Lawson, Henry
...Though poor and in trouble I wander alone, 
With rebel cockade in my hat, 
Though friends may desert me, and kindred disown, 
My country will never do that! 
You may sing of the Shamrock, the Thistle, the rose, 
Or the three in a bunch, if you will; 
But I know of a country that gathered all those, 
And I love the great land where the Waratah grows. 
And the Wattle-boug...Read More

by Baraka, Imamu Amiri
speak in your own language
who destroy your statues
& instruments, who ban
your omm bomm ba boom
then you are in trouble
deep trouble
they ban your
own boom ba boom
you in deep deep


probably take you several hundred years
to get 
out!...Read More

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