Poems

23 poems

The insolvent debtor

Home walked she from the mill
Her sack was down and she
Could not lift it again.
"May I help? " "What? " "For pay! "
And in the narrow lane
Good girls shouldn't wave away
Such offers and say "nay".
That she agreed was plain.

With...

George CoșbucPoems by George Coșbuc about kiss, help, home, judges, question, good, good luck, things, end

Decebal to his people

This life is a lost boon if you
Don't live it as you wanted to!
Much would a warlike, ruthless foe
Enslave us all! Our birth, we know,
Was woe enough; would you get through
Another dreadful woe?

Death, even for a godlike scion,
Is...

George CoșbucPoems by George Coșbuc about fight, man, bad luck, enemies, law, oath, bad, fear, people, good luck

Three, mighty God, all three!

He had three sons and they, all three,
When called, for the encampment left;
So the poor father was bereft
Of rest and peace, for war, thought he.
Is hard - one has no time to feel
That one has ceased to be.

And many months went in...

George CoșbucPoems by George Coșbuc about past, man, human imperfections, war, fear, thinking, god, day, children, name

So Fresh Thou Art...

So like the sweet, white cherry blossom,
So tender and so fresh thou art,
And on my life's way like an angel
Appearing thou dost light impart.

Thou scarcely touchest the soft carpet,
The silk on thee doth rustling stream,
From top to...

Mihai EminescuPoems by Mihai Eminescu about art, magic, eyes, dream, happiness, light, fairy tales, soul, guilt, dark

Eve On The Hill

Dreary the horn sounds in the eve on the hill,
Sheepflocks return, stars on their way twinkle still,
Watersprings weep murmuring clear, and I see
Under a tree, love, thou art waiting for me.

Holy and pure passes the moon on the sky,...

Mihai EminescuPoems by Mihai Eminescu about love, art, magic, old, olderness, stars, night, longing, press, sky

The Lake

Water lilies load all over
The blue lake amid the woods,
That imparts, while in white circles
Startling, to a boat its moods.

And along the strands I'm passing
Listening, waiting, in unrest,
That she from the reeds may issue
And...

Mihai EminescuPoems by Mihai Eminescu about water, lie, fall, feelings, light, moon

Ode (in ancient meter)

Hardly had I thought I should learn to perish;
Ever young, enwrapped in my robe I wandered,
Raising dreamy eyes to the star styled often
Solitude's symbol.

All at once, however, you crossed my pathway -
Suffering - you, painfully...

Mihai EminescuPoems by Mihai Eminescu about eyes, old, sadness, symbol, hope, solitude, suffering, thinking, being

A Dacian's Prayer

When death did not exist, nor yet eternity,
Before the seed of life had first set living free,
When yesterday was nothing, and time had not begun,
And one included all things, and all was less than one,
When sun and moon and sky, the...

Mihai EminescuPoems by Mihai Eminescu about god, earth, mercy, nothing, praise, heart, death, joy, things, life

Venus and Madonna

Oh, ideal lost in night-mists of a vanished universe:
People who would think in legends - all a world who spoke in verse;
I can see and think and hear you - youthful scout which gently nods
From a sky with different starlights, other Edens,...

Mihai EminescuPoems by Mihai Eminescu about woman, eyes, heart, smile, magic, god, spirit, life, love, searching

And If...

And if the branches tap my pane
And the poplars whisper nightly,
It is to make me dream again
I hold you to me tightly.
And if the stars shine on the pond
And light its sombre shoal,
It is to quench my mind's despond
And flood with...

Mihai EminescuPoems by Mihai Eminescu about mind, peace, stars, dream, heart, light, moon, soul

O Remain

O remain, dear one, I love you,
Stay with me in my fair land,
For your dreamings and your longings
Only I can understand.
You, who like a prince reclining
Over the pool with heaven starred;
You who gaze up from the water
With such...

Mihai EminescuPoems by Mihai Eminescu about water, age, country, miracle, olderness, charm, magic, secret, moon, love

Desire

Come now to the forest's spring
Running wrinkling over the stones,
To where lush and grassy furrows
Hide away in curving boughs.

Then you can run to my open arms,
Be held once more in my embrace,
I'll gently lift that veil of yours...

Mihai EminescuPoems by Mihai Eminescu about spring, dream, fall, happiness, harmony, face

Now it's autumn...

Now it's autumn, leaves roam and scatter,
Again the wind flings heavy drops against the glazing;
And you're reading old letters, tattered and fading
And retrace a whole life-time in just one hour.

With sweet trifles you enjoy such...

Mihai EminescuPoems by Mihai Eminescu about old, olderness, autumn, fairy tales, time, hate, dream, eyes, life, fire

Time flows by...

Time flows by, and has passed like rivers
Since that hallowed moment we first saw each other,
Yet I'll never forget the love we had together,
You miracle, with large eyes and cold fingers.

Oh, come back! To bring words only you can...

Mihai EminescuPoems by Mihai Eminescu about miracle, time, moment, eyes, children, silence, suffering, peace, soul, life

Sleepy birds

All those sleepy birds
Now tired from flight
Hide among the leaves
Good-night!

Only the spring whispers
When the wood sleeps silently;
Even flowers in the gardens
Sleep peacefully!

Swans glide to their nest
Sheltering among...

Mihai EminescuPoems by Mihai Eminescu about night, good, good luck, flowers, sleep, flight, harmony, dream, peace, spring

Sentimental story

Then we met more often.
I stood at one side of the hour,
you at the other,
like two handles of an amphora.
Only the words flew between us,
back and forth.
You could almost see their swirling,
and suddenly,
I would lower a knee,...

Nichita StănescuPoems by Nichita Stănescu about flight, things, word

Season's end

I was so very aware
that the afternoon was dying in the domes,
and all around me sounds froze,
turned to winding pillars.

I was so very aware
that the undulant drift of scents
was collapsing into darkness,
and it seemed I had never...

Nichita StănescuPoems by Nichita Stănescu about feelings, season, end, moon, face

The ascension of words

Thus, like the skin
of a shorn ewe, the day rises.

It is difficult to skin the self from a stone.
It is difficult to skin memory from a Greek.

But why should we talk about these!
After all,
light too has a skin,
light too can be...

Nichita StănescuPoems by Nichita Stănescu about light, self-control, hunger, memory, air, being, blood, heart, day, love

The hieroglyph

What loneliness
to find no meaning
when there is a meaning

And what loneliness
to be blind in the full light of day,
and deaf, what loneliness,
amidst the swelling of a song

But not to understand
when there is no meaning,
and...

Nichita StănescuPoems by Nichita Stănescu about solitude, blind, silence, night, light, day

Knot 19

Be aware that I can kill,
that I can crush with my heel the sweet head
of the peaceful rising star,
because of this I've turned to painting houses!

Be aware that I take no pity on myself,
that I mix my blood with birch trees!
I bring...

Nichita StănescuPoems by Nichita Stănescu about attention, painting, blood, heads