Poetry from Miscellaneous Authors

  • Where I Go by Natalie Merchant
  • The Return by Ogden Nash

    Where I Go
    Climbing under
    A barbed wire fence
    By the railroad ties
    Climbing over
    The old stone wall
    I am bound for the riverside
    Well I go to the river
    To soothe my mind
    Ponder over
    The crazy days of my life
    Just sit and watch the river flow
    Find a place
    On the riverbank
    The green rushes grow
    See the wind
    In the willow tree
    In branches hanging low
    Well I go to the river
    To soothe my mind
    Ponder over
    The crazy days of my life
    Watch the river flow
    Aase my mind & soul
    Where i go
    Well I will go to the river
    From time to time
    Wander over
    These crazy days in my mind
    Watch the river flow
    Where the willow branches grow
    By the cool rolling waters
    Moving gracefully and slow
    Child it's lovely
    Let the river take it all away
    The mad pace, the hurry
    The troubles, the worries
    Just let the river take them all away
    Flow away
    -Natalie Merchant, "Where I Go" (Tigerlily)
    The Return Early is the evening, Reluctant the dawn; Once there was summer; Sudden it was gone. It fell like a leaf, Whirled downstream. Was there ever summer, Or only a dream? Was ever a world That was not November? Once there was summer, And this I remember Cornflowers and daisies, Buttercups and clover, Black-eyed Susans and Queen-Anne's lace, A wide green meadow, And bees booming over, And a little laughing girl with the wind in her face. Strident are the voices And hard lights shine; Feral are the faces; Is one of them mine? Something is lost now, Tarnished the gleam; Was there ever nobleness, Or only a dream? Yes, and it lingers, Lost not yet; Something remains Till this I forget Cornflowers and clover, Buttercups and daisies, Black-eyed Susans under blue and white skies And the grass waist high Where the red cow grazes, And a little laughing girl with faith in her eyes -Ogden Nash, from THE PRIMROSE PATH, 1935