Krazy Eights – World Poetry Day

I wish I were better prepared for this, but I only found out this morning that today is World Poetry Day. To that end, I figured I should create a list of excerpts from poems. At first, I thought I could choose my eight favorites, but my list kept growing and it was hard to filter based on my likes. So, what follows is a list, in no particular order, and with no particular theme, of cool lines from poems I like (including but not limited to a set of eight).

And now after that basically unintelligible introduction, I give you my list.

Eight krazy lines from poems that may or may not be krazy:

  1. ee Cummings “i carry your heart with me”

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in

my heart)i am never without it(anywhere

i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done

by only me is your doing,my darling)

  1. Oscar Wilde “The Ballad of Reading Gaol”

And with tears of blood he cleansed the hand,

The hand that held the steel:

For only blood can wipe out blood,

And only tears can heal

  1. George William Curtis “Ebb and Flow”

I WALKED beside the evening sea,

And dreamed a dream that could not be;

The waves that plunged along the shore

Said only—“Dreamer, dream no more!”

  1. Robert Frost “The road not taken”

Two roads diverged in a wood,

and I – I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”

  1. Oscar Wilde “Apologia”

Is it thy will–Love that I love so well–

That my Soul’s House should be a tortured spot

Wherein, like evil paramours, must dwell

The quenchless flame, the worm that dieth not?

  1. Pablo Neruda from “Love Sonnets”

so I wait for you like a lonely house

till you will see me again and live in me.

Till then my windows ache.

  1. Dylan Thomas “Do not go gentle into that good night”

Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

  1. Khahlil Gibran “A True Friend”

If I could take your troubles

I would toss them into the sea,

But all these things I’m finding

Are impossible for me.

I cannot build a mountain

Or catch a rainbow fair,

But let me be what I know best,

A friend that is always there.


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