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Howard Nemerov Short Poems

Famous Short Howard Nemerov Poems. Short poetry by famous poet Howard Nemerov. A collection of the all-time best Howard Nemerov short poems


A Life  Create an image from this poem
by Howard Nemerov
 Innocence? 
In a sense.
In no sense! Was that it? Was that it? Was that it? That was it.



by Howard Nemerov
 What gives it power makes it change its mind
At each extreme, and lean its rising rain
Down low, first one and then the other way;
In which exchange humility and pride
Reverse, forgive, arise, and die again,
Wherefore it holds at both ends of the day
The rainbow in its scattering grains of spray.

by Howard Nemerov
 Sparrows were feeding in a freezing drizzle
That while you watched turned into pieces of snow
Riding a gradient invisible
From silver aslant to random, white, and slow.
There came a moment that you couldn't tell.
And then they clearly flew instead of fell.

Kicks  Create an image from this poem
by Howard Nemerov
 The fishermen on Lake Michigan, sometimes,
For kicks, they spit two hunks of bait on hooks
At either end of a single length of line
And toss that up among the scavenging gulls,

Who go for it so fast that often two of them
Make the connection before it hits the water.
Hooked and hung up like that, they do a dance That lasts only so long.
The fishermen Do that for kicks, on Lake Michigan, sometimes.

by Howard Nemerov
 When in still air and still in summertime
A leaf has had enough of this, it seems
To make up its mind to go; fine as a sage
Its drifting in detachment down the road.

by Howard Nemerov
 The waters deep, the waters dark,
Reflect the seekers, hide the sought,
Whether in water or in air to drown.
Between them curls the silver spark, Barbed, baited, waiting, of a thought-- Which in the world is upside down, The fish hook or the question mark?


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