Top 20 Most Popular Poems of D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert Richards)

These are the top twenty (20) most popular poems of D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert Richards).

From New Heaven And Earth to And Oh – That The Man I Am Might Cease To Be.

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New Heaven And Earth


I


And so I cross into another world
shyly and in homage linger for an invitation
from this unknown that I would trespass on.


I am very glad, and all alone in the world,
all alone, and very glad, in a new world
where I am disembarked at last.


I could cry with joy, because I am in the new world, just ventured in.
I could cry with joy, and quite freely, there is nobody to know.


And whosoever the unknown people of this un- known world may be
they will never understand my weeping for joy to be adventuring among them
because it will still be a gesture of the old world I am making
which they will not understand, because it is quite, quite foreign to them.


II


I WAS so weary of the world
I was so sick of it
everything was tainted with myself,
skies, trees, flowers, birds, water,
people, houses, streets, vehicles, machines,
nations, armies, war, peace-talking,
work, recreation, governing, anarchy,
it was all tainted with myself, I knew it all to start with
because it was all myself.


When I gathered flowers, I knew it was myself plucking my own flowering.
When I went in a train, I knew it was myself travelling by my own invention.
When I heard the cannon of the war, I listened with my own ears to my own destruction.
When I saw the torn dead, I knew it was my own torn dead body.
It was all me, I had done it all in my own flesh.


III


I SHALL never forget the maniacal horror of it all in the end
when everything was me, I knew it all already, I anticipated it all in my soul
because I was the author and the result
I was the God and the creation at once;
creator, I looked at my creation;
created, I looked at myself, the creator:
it was a maniacal horror in the end.


I was a lover, I kissed the woman I loved,
and God of horror, I was kissing also myself.
I was a father and a begetter of children,
and oh, oh horror, I was begetting and conceiving in my own body.


IV


AT last came death, sufficiency of death,
and that at last relieved me, I died.
I buried my beloved; it was good, I buried myself and was gone.
War came, and every hand raised to murder;
very good, very good, every hand raised to murder!
Very good, very good, I am a murderer!
It is good, I can murder and murder, and see them fall
the mutilated, horror-struck youths, a multitude
one on another, and then in clusters together
smashed, all oozing with blood, and burned in heaps
going up in a foetid smoke to get rid of them
the murdered bodies of youths and men in heaps
and heaps and heaps and horrible reeking heaps
till it is almost enough, till I am reduced perhaps;
thousands and thousands of gaping, hideous foul dead
that are youths and men and me
being burned with oil, and consumed in corrupt thick smoke, that rolls
and taints and blackens the sky, till at last it is dark, dark as night, or death, or hell
and I am dead, and trodden to nought in the smoke-sodden tomb;
dead and trodden to nought in the sour black earth
of the tomb; dead and trodden to nought, trodden to nought.


V


GOD, but it is good to have died and been trodden out
trodden to nought in sour, dead earth
quite to nought
absolutely to nothing
nothing
nothing
nothing.


For when it is quite, quite nothing, then it is everything.
When I am trodden quite out, quite, quite out
every vestige gone, then I am here
risen, and setting my foot on another world
risen, accomplishing a resurrection
risen, not born again, but risen, body the same as before,
new beyond knowledge of newness, alive beyond life
proud beyond inkling or furthest conception of pride
living where life was never yet dreamed of, nor hinted at
here, in the other world, still terrestrial
myself, the same as before, yet unaccountably new.


VI


I, IN the sour black tomb, trodden to absolute death
I put out my hand in the night, one night, and my hand
touched that which was verily not me
verily it was not me.
Where I had been was a sudden blaze
a sudden flaring blaze!
So I put my hand out further, a little further
and I felt that which was not I,
it verily was not I
it was the unknown.


Ha, I was a blaze leaping up!
I was a tiger bursting into sunlight.
I was greedy, I was mad for the unknown.
I, new-risen, resurrected, starved from the tomb
starved from a life of devouring always myself
now here was I, new-awakened, with my hand stretching out
and touching the unknown, the real unknown, the unknown unknown.


My God, but I can only say
I touch, I feel the unknown!
I am the first comer!
Cortes, Pisarro, Columbus, Cabot, they are noth-
ing, nothing!
I am the first comer!
I am the discoverer!
I have found the other world!


The unknown, the unknown!
I am thrown upon the shore.
I am covering myself with the sand.
I am filling my mouth with the earth.
I am burrowing my body into the soil.
The unknown, the new world!


VII


IT was the flank of my wife
I touched with my hand, I clutched with my hand
rising, new-awakened from the tomb!
It was the flank of my wife
whom I married years ago
at whose side I have lain for over a thousand nights
and all that previous while, she was I, she was I;
I touched her, it was I who touched and I who was touched.


Yet rising from the tomb, from the black oblivion
stretching out my hand, my hand flung like a drowned man’s hand on a rock,
I touched her flank and knew I was carried by the current in death
over to the new world, and was climbing out on the shore,
risen, not to the old world, the old, changeless I, the old life,
wakened not to the old knowledge
but to a new earth, a new I, a new knowledge, a new world of time.


Ah no, I cannot tell you what it is, the new world
I cannot tell you the mad, astounded rapture of its discovery.
I shall be mad with delight before I have done,
and whosoever comes after will find me in the new world
a madman in rapture.


VIII


GREEN streams that flow from the innermost continent of the new world,
what are they?
Green and illumined and travelling for ever
dissolved with the mystery of the innermost heart of the continent
mystery beyond knowledge or endurance, so sumptuous
out of the well-heads of the new world. –
The other, she too has strange green eyes!
White sands and fruits unknown and perfumes that never
can blow across the dark seas to our usual world!
And land that beats with a pulse!
And valleys that draw close in love!
And strange ways where I fall into oblivion of uttermost living! –
Also she who is the other has strange-mounded breasts and strange sheer slopes, and white levels.


Sightless and strong oblivion in utter life takes possession of me!
The unknown, strong current of life supreme
drowns me and sweeps me away and holds me down
to the sources of mystery, in the depths,
extinguishes there my risen resurrected life
and kindles it further at the core of utter mystery.


GREATHAM

D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert Richards)

Autumn Rain


The plane leaves
fall black and wet
on the lawn;


The cloud sheaves
in heaven’s fields set
droop and are drawn


in falling seeds of rain;
the seed of heaven
on my face


falling – I hear again
like echoes even
that softly pace


Heaven’s muffled floor,
the winds that tread
out all the grain


of tears, the store
harvested
in the sheaves of pain


caught up aloft:
the sheaves of dead
men that are slain


now winnowed soft
on the floor of heaven;
manna invisible


of all the pain
here to us given;
finely divisible
falling as rain.

D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert Richards)

A Baby Running Barefoot


When the bare feet of the baby beat across the grass
The little white feet nod like white flowers in the wind,
They poise and run like ripples lapping across the water;
And the sight of their white play among the grass
Is like a little robin’s song, winsome,
Or as two white butterflies settle in the cup of one flower
For a moment, then away with a flutter of wings.


I long for the baby to wander hither to me
Like a wind-shadow wandering over the water,
So that she can stand on my knee
With her little bare feet in my hands,
Cool like syringa buds,
Firm and silken like pink young peony flowers.

D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert Richards)

A Baby Asleep After Pain


As a drenched, drowned bee
Hangs numb and heavy from a bending flower,
So clings to me
My baby, her brown hair brushed with wet tears
And laid against her cheek;
Her soft white legs hanging heavily over my arm
Swinging heavily to my movement as I walk.
My sleeping baby hangs upon my life,
Like a burden she hangs on me.
She has always seemed so light,
But now she is wet with tears and numb with pain
Even her floating hair sinks heavily,
Reaching downwards;
As the wings of a drenched, drowned bee
Are a heaviness, and a weariness.

D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert Richards)

A Bad Beginning


The yellow sun steps over the mountain-top
And falters a few short steps across the lake –
Are you awake?


See, glittering on the milk-blue, morning lake
They are laying the golden racing-track of the sun;
The day has begun.


The sun is in my eyes, I must get up.
I want to go, there’s a gold road blazes before
My breast – which is so sore.


What? – your throat is bruised, bruised with my kisses?
Ah, but if I am cruel what then are you?
I am bruised right through.


What if I love you! – This misery
Of your dissatisfaction and misprision
Stupefies me.


Ah yes, your open arms! Ah yes, ah yes,
You would take me to your breast! – But no,
You should come to mine,
It were better so.


Here I am – get up and come to me!
Not as a visitor either, nor a sweet
And winsome child of innocence; nor
As an insolent mistress telling my pulse’s beat.


Come to me like a woman coming home
To the man who is her husband, all the rest
Subordinate to this, that he and she
Are joined together for ever, as is best.


Behind me on the lake I hear the steamer drumming
From Austria. There lies the world, and here
Am I. Which way are you coming?

D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert Richards)

A Young Wife


The pain of loving you
Is almost more than I can bear.


I walk in fear of you.
The darkness starts up where
You stand, and the night comes through
Your eyes when you look at me.


Ah never before did I see
The shadows that live in the sun!


Now every tall glad tree
Turns round its back to the sun
And looks down on the ground, to see
The shadow it used to shun.

At the foot of each glowing thing
A night lies looking up.


Oh, and I want to sing
And dance, but I can’t lift up
My eyes from the shadows: dark
They lie spilt round the cup.


What is it? – Hark
The faint fine seethe in the air!


Like the seething sound in a shell!
It is death still seething where
The wild-flower shakes its bell
And the sky lark twinkles blue –


The pain of loving you
Is almost more than I can bear.

D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert Richards)

Liaison


A big bud of moon hangs out of the twilight,
Star-spiders spinning their thread
Hang high suspended, withouten respite
Watching us overhead.


Come then under the trees, where the leaf-cloths
Curtain us in so dark
That here we’re safe from even the ermin-moth’s
Flitting remark.


Here in this swarthy, secret tent,
Where black boughs flap the ground,
You shall draw the thorn from my discontent,
Surgeon me sound.


This rare, rich night! For in here
Under the yew-tree tent
The darkness is loveliest where I could sear
You like frankincense into scent.


Here not even the stars can spy us,
Not even the white moths write
With their little pale signs on the wall, to try us
And set us affright.


Kiss but then the dust from off my lips,
But draw the turgid pain
From my breast to your bosom, eclipse
My soul again.

Waste me not, I beg you, waste
Not the inner night:
Taste, oh taste and let me taste
The core of delight.

D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert Richards)

Forsaken And Forlorn


The house is silent, it is late at night, I am alone.
From the balcony I can hear the Isar moan,
Can see the white
Rift of the river eerily, between the pines, under a sky of stone.


Some fireflies drift through the middle air Tinily.
I wonder where
Ends this darkness that annihilates me.

D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert Richards)

Song Of A Man Who Is Not Loved


The space of the world is immense, before me and around me;
If I turn quickly, I am terrified, feeling space surround me;
Like a man in a boat on very clear, deep water, space frightens and confounds me.


I see myself isolated in the universe, and wonder
What effect I can have. My hands wave under
The heavens like specks of dust that are floating asunder.


I hold myself up, and feel a big wind blowing
Me like a gadfly into the dusk, without my knowing
Whither or why or even how I am going.


So much there is outside me, so infinitely
Small am I, what matter if minutely
I beat my way, to be lost immediately?


How shall I flatter myself that I can do
Anything in such immensity? I am too
Little to count in the wind that drifts me through.


Glashütte

D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert Richards)

GlashütteShe Looks Back


The pale bubbles
The lovely pale-gold bubbles of the globe-flowers
In a great swarm clotted and single
Went rolling in the dusk towards the river
To where the sunset hung its wan gold cloths;
And you stood alone, watching them go,
And that mother-love like a demon drew you from me
Towards England.


Along the road, after nightfall,
Along the glamorous birch-tree avenue
Across the river levels
We went in silence, and you staring to England.


So then there shone within the jungle darkness
Of the long, lush under-grass, a glow-worm’s sudden
Green lantern of pure light, a little, intense, fusing triumph,
White and haloed with fire-mist, down in the tangled darkness.


Then you put your hand in mine again, kissed me, and we struggled to be together.
And the little electric flashes went with us, in the grass,
Tiny lighthouses, little souls of lanterns, courage burst into an explosion of green light
Everywhere down in the grass, where darkness was ravelled in darkness.


Still, the kiss was a touch of bitterness on my mouth
Like salt, burning in.
And my hand withered in your hand.
For you were straining with a wild heart, back, back again,
Back to those children you had left behind, to all the ‘ons of the past.
And I was here in the under-dusk of the Isar.


At home, we leaned in the bedroom window
Of the old Bavarian Gasthaus,
And the frogs in the pool beyond thrilled with exuberance,
Like a boiling pot the pond crackled with happiness,
Like a rattle a child spins round for joy, the night rattled
With the extravagance of the frogs,
And you leaned your cheek on mine,
And I suffered it, wanting to sympathise.


At last, as you stood, your white gown falling from your breasts,
You looked into my eyes, and said: “But this is joy!”
I acquiesced again.
But the shadow of lying was in your eyes,
The mother in you, fierce as a murderess, glaring to England,
Yearning towards England, towards your young children,
Insisting upon your motherhood, devastating.


Still, the joy was there also, you spoke truly,
The joy was not to be driven off so easily;
Stronger than fear or destructive mother-love, it stood flickering;
The frogs helped also, whirring away.
Yet how I have learned to know that look in your eyes
Of horrid sorrow!
How I know that glitter of salt, dry, sterile, sharp, corrosive salt!
Not tears, but white sharp brine
Making hideous your eyes.


I have seen it, felt it in my mouth, my throat, my chest, my belly,
Burning of powerful salt, burning, eating through my defenceless nakedness.
I have been thrust into white, sharp crystals,
Writhing, twisting, superpenetrated.


Ah, Lot’s Wife, Lot’s Wife!
The pillar of salt, the whirling, horrible column of salt, like a waterspout
That has enveloped me!
Snow of salt, white, burning, eating salt
In which I have writhed.


Lot’s Wife! – Not Wife, but Mother.
I have learned to curse your motherhood,
You pillar of salt accursed.
I have cursed motherhood because of you,
Accursed, base motherhood!


I long for the time to come, when the curse against you will have gone out of my heart.
But it has not gone yet.
Nevertheless, once, the frogs, the globe-flowers of Bavaria, the glow-worms
Gave me sweet lymph against the salt-burns,
There is a kindness in the very rain.


Therefore, even in the hour of my deepest, pas- sionate malediction
I try to remember it is also well between us.
That you are with me in the end.
That you never look quite back; nine-tenths, ah, more
You look round over your shoulder;
But never quite back.


Nevertheless the curse against you is still in my heart
Like a deep, deep burn.
The curse against all mothers.
All mothers who fortify themselves in motherhood, devastating the vision.
They are accursed, and the curse is not taken off
It burns within me like a deep, old burn,
And oh, I wish it was better.


BEUERBERG

D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert Richards)

Rondeau Of A Conscientious Objector.


The hours have tumbled their leaden, monotonous sands
And piled them up in a dull grey heap in the West.
I carry my patience sullenly through the waste lands;
To-morrow will pour them all back, the dull hours I detest.

I force my cart through the sodden filth that is pressed
Into ooze, and the sombre dirt spouts up at my hands
As I make my way in twilight now to rest.
The hours have tumbled their leaden, monotonous sands.


A twisted thorn-tree still in the evening stands
Defending the memory of leaves and the happy round nest.
But mud has flooded the homes of these weary lands
And piled them up in a dull grey heap in the West.


All day has the clank of iron on iron distressed
The nerve-bare place. Now a little silence expands
And a gasp of relief. But the soul is still compressed:
I carry my patience sullenly through the waste lands.


The hours have ceased to fall, and a star commands
Shadows to cover our stricken manhood, and blest
Sleep to make us forget: but he understands:
To-morrow will pour them all back, the dull hours I detest.

D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert Richards)

I Am Like A Rose


I am myself at last; now I achieve
My very self. I, with the wonder mellow,
Full of fine warmth, I issue forth in clear
And single me, perfected from my fellow.


Here I am all myself. No rose-bush heaving
Its limpid sap to culmination, has brought
Itself more sheer and naked out of the green
In stark-clear roses, than I to myself am brought.

D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert Richards)

Manifesto


I


A woman has given me strength and affluence.
Admitted!


All the rocking wheat of Canada,
ripening now,
has not so much of strength as the body of one woman sweet in ear,
nor so much to give though it feed nations.


Hunger is the very Satan.
The fear of hunger is Moloch,
Belial, the horrible God.
It is a fearful thing to be dominated by the fear of hunger.


Not bread alone, not the belly nor the thirsty throat.
I have never yet been smitten through the belly,
with the lack of bread, no,
nor even milk and honey.


The fear of the want of these things seems to be quite left out of me.
For so much, I thank the good generations of man- kind.


II


AND the sweet, constant,
balanced heat of the suave sensitive body,
the hunger for this has never seized me and terrified me.
Here again, man has been good in his legacy to us,
in these two primary instances.


III


THEN the dumb, aching, bitter,
helpless need, the pining to be initiated,
to have access to the knowledge that the great dead have opened up for us,
to know, to satisfy the great and dominant hunger of the mind;
man’s sweetest harvest of the centuries, sweet,
printed books, bright, glancing,
exquisite corn of many a stubborn glebe in the upturned darkness;
I thank mankind with passionate heart that I just escaped the hunger for these,
that they were given when I needed them, because I am the son of man.


I have eaten, and drunk, and warmed and clothed my body,
I have been taught the language of understanding,
I have chosen among the bright and marvellous books,
like any prince, such stores of the world’s supply were open to me,
in the wisdom and goodness of man.
So far, so good.
Wise, good provision that makes the heart swell with love!


IV


BUT then came another hunger very deep, and ravening;
the very body’s body crying out with a hunger more frightening,
more profound than stomach or throat or even the mind;
redder than death, more clamorous.


The hunger for the woman.
Alas, it is so deep a Moloch,
ruthless and strong,
’tis like the unutterable name of the dread Lord,
not to be spoken aloud.
Yet there it is, the hunger which comes upon us,
which we must learn to satisfy with pure,
real satisfaction;
or perish, there is no alternative.


I thought it was woman,
indiscriminate woman,
mere female adjunct of what I was.
Ah, that was torment hard enough and a thing to be afraid of,
a threatening, torturing, phallic Moloch.


A woman fed that hunger in me at last.
What many women cannot give,
one woman can; so I have known it.


She stood before me like riches that were mine.
Even then, in the dark, I was tortured, ravening, unfree,
Ashamed, and shameful, and vicious.
A man is so terrified of strong hunger;
and this terror is the root of all cruelty.
She loved me, and stood before me, looking to me.
How could I look, when I was mad?
I looked sideways, furtively, being mad with voracious desire.


V


THIS comes right at last.
When a man is rich,
he loses at last the hunger fear.
I lost at last the fierceness that fears it will starve.
I could put my face at last between her breasts
and know that they were given for ever that I should never starve never perish;
I had eaten of the bread that satisfies and my body’s body was appeased,
there was peace and richness, fulfilment.


Let them praise desire who will,
but only fulfilment will do, real fulfilment,
nothing short.
It is our ratification our heaven,
as a matter of fact.
Immortality, the heaven,
is only a projection of this strange but actual fulfilment,
here in the flesh.


So, another hunger was supplied,
and for this I have to thank one woman,
not mankind, for mankind would have prevented me;
but one woman, and these are my red-letter thanksgivings.


VI


To be, or not to be, is still the question.
This ache for being is the ultimate hunger.
And for myself, I can say “almost, almost, oh, very nearly.”
Yet something remains.
Something shall not always remain.
For the main already is fulfilment.


What remains in me, is to be known even as I know.
I know her now: or perhaps,
I know my own limitation against her.


Plunging as I have done, over, over the brink
I have dropped at last headlong into nought,
plunging upon sheer hard extinction;
I have come, as it were, not to know, died,
as it were; ceased from knowing; surpassed myself.
What can I say more, except that I know what it is to surpass myself?


It is a kind of death which is not death.
It is going a little beyond the bounds.
How can one speak, where there is a dumbness on one’s mouth?
I suppose, ultimately she is all beyond me,
she is all not-me, ultimately.
It is that that one comes to.
A curious agony, and a relief,
when I touch that which is not me in any sense,
it wounds me to death with my own not-being;
definite, inviolable limitation, and something beyond,
quite beyond, if you understand what that means.
It is the major part of being,
this having surpassed oneself,
this having touched the edge of the beyond,
and perished, yet not perished.

VII


I WANT her though, to take the same from me.
She touches me as if I were herself, her own.
She has not realized yet, that fearful thing, that
I am the other, she thinks we are all of one piece.
It is painfully untrue.


I want her to touch me at last,
ah,
on the root and quick of my darkness and perish on me,
as I have perished on her.


Then, we shall be two and distinct,
we shall have each our separate being.
And that will be pure existence, real liberty.
Till then, we are confused, a mixture, unresolved,
unextricated one from the other.
It is in pure, unutterable resolvedness,
distinction of being, that one is free,
not in mixing, merging, not in similarity.
When she has put her hand on my secret,
darkest sources, the darkest outgoings,
when it has struck home to her, like a death,
“this is him!” she has no part in it,
no part whatever, it is the terrible other,
when she knows the fearful other flesh,
ah, darkness unfathomable and fearful,
contiguous and concrete,
when she is slain against me,
and lies in a heap like one outside the house,
when she passes away as I have passed away being pressed up against the other,
then I shall be glad, I shall not be confused with her,
I shall be cleared, distinct,
single as if burnished in silver,
having no adherence, no adhesion anywhere,
one clear, burnished, isolated being, unique,
and she also, pure, isolated, complete, two of us,
unutterably distinguished, and in unutterable conjunction.


Then we shall be free, freer than angels, ah, perfect.


VIII


AFTER that,
there will only remain that all men detach themselves and become unique,
that we are all detached,
moving in freedom more than the angels,
conditioned only by our own pure single being,
having no laws but the laws of our own being.


Every human being will then be like a flower, untrammelled.
Every movement will be direct.
Only to be will be such delight,
we cover our faces when we think of it lest our faces betray us to some untimely fiend.


Every man himself, and therefore,
a surpassing singleness of mankind.
The blazing tiger will spring upon the deer,
undimmed, the hen will nestle over her chickens,
we shall love, we shall hate, but it will be like music,
sheer utterance, issuing straight out of the unknown,
the lightning and the rainbow appearing in us unbidden,
unchecked,
like ambassadors.


We shall not look before and after.
We shall be, now.
We shall know in full.
We, the mystic NOW.


ZENNOR

D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert Richards)

Spring Morning


Ah, through the open door
Is there an almond tree
Aflame with blossom!
– Let us fight no more.


Among the pink and blue
Of the sky and the almond flowers
A sparrow flutters.
– We have come through,

It is really spring! – See,
When he thinks himself alone
How he bullies the flowers.
– Ah, you and me


How happy we’ll be! – See him
He clouts the tufts of flowers
In his impudence.
– But, did you dream


It would be so bitter? Never mind
It is finished, the spring is here.
And we’re going to be summer-happy
And summer-kind.

We have died, we have slain and been slain,
We are not our old selves any more.
I feel new and eager
To start again.


It is gorgeous to live and forget.
And to feel quite new.
See the bird in the flowers? – he’s making
A rare to-do!


He thinks the whole blue sky
Is much less than the bit of blue egg
He’s got in his nest – we’ll be happy
You and I, I and you.

With nothing to fight any more –
In each other, at least.
See, how gorgeous the world is
Outside the door!


SAN GAUDENZIO

D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert Richards)

All Souls


They are chanting now the service of All the Dead
And the village folk outside in the burying ground
Listen – except those who strive with their dead,
Reaching out in anguish, yet unable quite to touch them:
Those villagers isolated at the grave
Where the candles burn in the daylight, and the painted wreaths
Are propped on end, there, where the mystery starts.


The naked candles burn on every grave.
On your grave, in England, the weeds grow.


But I am your naked candle burning,
And that is not your grave, in England,
The world is your grave.
And my naked body standing on your grave
Upright towards heaven is burning off to you
Its flame of life, now and always, till the end.


It is my offering to you; every day is All Souls’ Day.


I forget you, have forgotten you.
I am busy only at my burning,
I am busy only at my life.
But my feet are on your grave, planted.
And when I lift my face, it is a flame that goes up
To the other world, where you are now.
But I am not concerned with you.
I have forgotten you.


I am a naked candle burning on your grave.

D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert Richards)

She Said As Well To Me


She said as well to me: “Why are you ashamed?
That little bit of your chest that shows between
the gap of your shirt, why cover it up?
Why shouldn’t your legs and your good strong thighs
be rough and hairy? – I’m glad they are like that.
You are shy, you silly, you silly shy thing.
Men are the shyest creatures, they never will come
out of their covers. Like any snake
slipping into its bed of dead leaves, you hurry into your clothes.
And I love you so! Straight and clean and all of a piece is the body of a man,
such an instrument, a spade, like a spear, or an oar,
such a joy to me – “
So she laid her hands and pressed them down my sides,
so that I began to wonder over myself, and what I was.


She said to me: “What an instrument, your body!
single and perfectly distinct from everything else!
What a tool in the hands of the Lord!
Only God could have brought it to its shape.
It feels as if his handgrasp, wearing you
had polished you and hollowed you,
hollowed this groove in your sides, grasped you under the breasts
and brought you to the very quick of your form,
subtler than an old, soft-worn fiddle-bow.


“When I was a child, I loved my father’s riding- whip
that he used so often.
I loved to handle it, it seemed like a near part of him.
So I did his pens, and the jasper seal on his desk.
Something seemed to surge through me when I touched them.


“So it is with you, but here
The joy I feel!
God knows what I feel, but it is joy!
Look, you are clean and fine and singled out!
I admire you so, you are beautiful: this clean sweep of your sides, this firmness, this hard mould!
I would die rather than have it injured with one scar.
I wish I could grip you like the fist of the Lord, and have you – “


So she said, and I wondered,
feeling trammelled and hurt.
It did not make me free.


Now I say to her: “No tool, no instrument, no God!
Don’t touch me and appreciate me.
It is an infamy.
You would think twice before you touched a weasel on a fence
as it lifts its straight white throat.
Your hand would not be so flig and easy.
Nor the adder we saw asleep with her head on her shoulder,
curled up in the sunshine like a princess;
when she lifted her head in delicate, startled wonder
you did not stretch forward to caress her
though she looked rarely beautiful
and a miracle as she glided delicately away, with such dignity.
And the young bull in the field, with his wrinkled, sad face,
you are afraid if he rises to his feet,
though he is all wistful and pathetic, like a monolith, arrested, static.


“Is there nothing in me to make you hesitate?
I tell you there is all these.
And why should you overlook them in me? – “

D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert Richards)

Anxiety


The hoar-frost crumbles in the sun,
The crisping steam of a train
Melts in the air, while two black birds
Sweep past the window again.


Along the vacant road, a red
Bicycle approaches; I wait
In a thaw of anxiety, for the boy
To leap down at our gate.


He has passed us by; but is it
Relief that starts in my breast?
Or a deeper bruise of knowing that still
She has no rest.

D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert Richards)

A Love Song


Reject me not if I should say to you
I do forget the sounding of your voice,
I do forget your eyes that searching through
The mists perceive our marriage, and rejoice.


Yet, when the apple-blossom opens wide
Under the pallid moonlight’s fingering,
I see your blanched face at my breast, and hide
My eyes from diligent work, malingering.


Ah, then, upon my bedroom I do draw
The blind to hide the garden, where the moon
Enjoys the open blossoms as they straw
Their beauty for his taking, boon for boon.


And I do lift my aching arms to you,
And I do lift my anguished, avid breast,
And I do weep for very pain of you,
And fling myself at the doors of sleep, for rest.

And I do toss through the troubled night for you,
Dreaming your yielded mouth is given to mine,
Feeling your strong breast carry me on into
The peace where sleep is stronger even than wine.

D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert Richards)

Going Back


The night turns slowly round,
Swift trains go by in a rush of light;
Slow trains steal past.
This train beats anxiously, outward bound.


But I am not here.
I am away, beyond the scope of this turning;
There, where the pivot is, the axis
Of all this gear.


I, who sit in tears,
I, whose heart is torn with parting;
Who cannot bear to think back to the departure platform;
My spirit hears

Voices of men
Sound of artillery, aeroplanes, presences,
And more than all, the dead-sure silence,
The pivot again.


There, at the axis
Pain, or love, or grief
Sleep on speed; in dead certainty;
Pure relief.


There, at the pivot
Time sleeps again.
No has-been, no here-after; only the perfected
Silence of men.

D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert Richards)

And Oh – That The Man I Am Might Cease To Be


No, now I wish the sunshine would stop, and the white shining houses, and the gay red flowers on the balconies and the bluish mountains beyond, would be crushed out between two valves of darkness; the darkness falling, the darkness rising, with muffled sound obliterating everything.


I wish that whatever props up the walls of light would fall, and darkness would come hurling heavily down, and it would be thick black dark for ever.
Not sleep, which is grey with dreams, nor death, which quivers with birth, but heavy, sealing darkness, silence, all immovable.


What is sleep?
It goes over me, like a shadow over a hill, but it does not alter me, nor help me.
And death would ache still, I am sure; it would be lambent, uneasy.
I wish it would be completely dark everywhere, inside me, and out, heavily dark utterly.


WOLFRATSHAUSEN

D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert Richards)

That was indeed the greatest compilation of his poems!

No wonder he was regarded as “the greatest imaginative novelist of our generation.”. He created such masterpieces out of his poems.

Well, I wouldn’t ever forget—Song Of A Man Who Is Not Loved. Although it’s a sad poem, there was a time in my life that I could relate to this. 

What about you? What’s your most favorite poem of Lewis Carroll?

Do you still want to add another of his poem to this list? Let me know in the comment section below! 😉

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