In a Boat

D. H. Lawrence

 
See the stars, love,  
In the water much clearer and brighter  
Than those above us, and whiter,  
Like nenuphars.  
  
Star-shadows shine, love,
How many stars in your bowl?  
How many shadows in your soul,  
Only mine, love, mine?  
  
When I move the oars, love,  
See how the stars are tossed,
Distorted, the brightest lost.  
—So that bright one of yours, love.  
  
The poor waters spill  
The stars, waters broken, forsaken.  
—The heavens are not shaken, you say, love,
Its stars stand still.  
  
There, did you see  
That spark fly up at us; even  
Stars are not safe in heaven.  
—What of yours, then, love, yours?
  
What then, love, if soon  
Your light be tossed over a wave?  
Will you count the darkness a grave,  
And swoon, love, swoon?
 

Poems by This Author

Baby Tortoise by D. H. Lawrence
You know what it is to be born alone,
Green by D. H. Lawrence
The dawn was apple-green
How Beastly the Bourgeois Is by D.H. Lawrence
How beastly the bourgeois is
Last Words to Miriam by D. H. Lawrence
Yours is the shame and sorrow
Letter from Town: The Almond Tree by D. H. Lawrence
You promised to send me some violets. Did you forget
Nothing to Save by D. H. Lawrence
There is nothing to save, now all is lost,
Piano by D. H. Lawrence
Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me
The Elephant is Slow to Mate by D.H. Lawrence
The elephant, the huge old beast,
The Enkindled Spring by D. H. Lawrence
This spring as it comes bursts up in bonfires green
The White Horse by D. H. Lawrence
The youth walks up to the white horse, to put its halter on
Trees in the Garden by D. H. Lawrence
Ah in the thunder air
Whales Weep Not! by D. H. Lawrence
They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains


Further Reading

Poems About Love
Monna Innominata [I loved you first]
by Christina Rossetti
Monna Innominata [I wish I could remember]
by Christina Rossetti
A Birthday
by Christina Rossetti
A Line-storm Song
by Robert Frost
A Negro Love Song
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Darling, You Are the World's Fresh Ornament
by Laura Cronk
Fons
by Pura López-Colomé
Let Us Live and Love (5)
by Gaius Valerius Catullus
Love
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Love
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Love in a Life
by Robert Browning
Love's Philosophy
by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Lovers' Infiniteness
by John Donne
Manners
by Michael Blumenthal
Meeting at Night
by Robert Browning
My love is as a fever, longing still
by Christopher Bursk
No, Love Is Not Dead
by Robert Desnos
San Antonio
by Naomi Shihab Nye
She Walks in Beauty
by George Gordon Byron
Slow Waltz Through Inflatable Landscape
by Christian Hawkey
The Buried Life
by Matthew Arnold
The Definition of Love
by Andrew Marvell
The Ecstasy
by Phillip Lopate
The Face of All the World (Sonnet 7)
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The Forms of Love
by George Oppen
The Kiss
by Stephen Dunn
The Look
by Sara Teasdale
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
by Edward Lear
The Passionate Freudian to His Love
by Dorothy Parker
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
by Christopher Marlowe
The White Rose
by John Boyle O'Reilly
To Anthea Who May Command Him Any Thing
by Robert Herrick
When I Heard at the Close of Day
by Walt Whitman
Wooing Song
by Giles Fletcher