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Famous Just A Minute Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Just A Minute poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous just a minute poems. These examples illustrate what a famous just a minute poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Duhamel, Denise
Wait. Here, before we rush into anything
I've bought a condom for each one of your fingers. And here--
just a minute--Open up.
I'll help you put this one on, over your tongue.
I was thinking:
If we leave these two rolled, you can wear them
as patches over your eyes. Partners have been known to cry,
shed tears, bodily fluids, at all this trust, at even the thought
of this closeness....Read More

by Stevenson, Robert Louis
...pursue each other; 
All below grows black as night, 
Just as if mother 
Had blown out the light! 

Patience, children, just a minute-- 
See the spreading circles die; 
The stream and all in it 
Will clear by-and-by....Read More

by Ammons, A R
...water stuck between chilled

peaks: it is not so easy to say, OK, go on
out and act: who, doing what, to what or

whom: just a minute: should the bunker be
bombed (if it stores gas): should all the

rattlers die just because they rattle: if I
hear the young gentleman vomiter roaring down

the hall in the men's room, should I go and
inquire of him, reducing him to my care: no

wonder the great sayers (who say nothing) sit
about in inaccessible states of mind: no

wonder still ...Read More

by Bishop, Elizabeth
...of course the house was boarded up. 

On the way back our faces froze on the other side. 
The sun came out for just a minute. 
For just a minute, set in their bezels of sand, 
the drab, damp, scattered stones 
were multi-colored, 
and all those high enough threw out long shadows, 
individual shadows, then pulled them in again. 
They could have been teasing the lion sun, 
except that now he was behind them 
--a sun who'd walked the beach the last low tide, 
ma...Read More

by Dickinson, Emily
...What would I give to see his face?
I'd give -- I'd give my life -- of course --
But that is not enough!
Stop just a minute -- let me think!
I'd give my biggest Bobolink!
That makes two -- Him -- and Life!
You know who "June" is --
I'd give her --
Roses a day from Zanzibar --
And Lily tubes -- like Wells --
Bees -- by the furlong --
Straits of Blue
Navies of Butterflies -- sailed thro' --
And dappled Cowslip Dells --

Then I have "shares" in Primrose "Banks" --
Daff...Read More

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