“Leisure” Poem

Our assignment here was to write a stanza to take the place of the original third stanza in William Henry Davies’ poem, “Leisure“. Addition marked in bold italics.


What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to remember in idle thought,
That which all of time forgot.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

 

Button Poetry

Winter breeze chilling friendly air
Rumbling engines rolling without rest
Guided by rails and, mostly, by prayer
The soldiers with the silver on their chest

Many empty seats, many unclaimed
Too high for many, the price they paid
The bravest and the fiercest, sadly unnamed
Forever in the fields and woods they’ll lay

Some would say they’re lucky, others blessed
Heading east and going home at last
The soldiers with the silver on their chest
And pinned to their coats underneath, the weight of their past

Liberties were taken surrounding this assignment. I figured medals were as good as buttons.

Comparison Poem

For the assignment of writing a poem using “denying comparisons”, here is my work.


To me, your eyes are tulips in bloom
Yet life and strength are on your side
No flower field could hope to reach
The width and depth of a beautiful mind.

Though nothing lasts forever, they say
And all must bow to winds of fate
I hope I get to see the day
Of those tulips being worth the wait.