John Ciardi

John Ciardi Poems

1. High Tension Lines Across A Landscape 6/24/2014
2. Port Of Aerial Embarkation 6/24/2014
3. An Emeritus Addresses The School 6/24/2014
4. Most Like An Arch This Marriage 6/24/2014
5. Nothing Is Really Hard But To Be Real— 6/24/2014
6. The Catalpa 6/24/2014
7. Abundance 6/24/2014
8. The Pilot In The Jungle 6/24/2014
9. White Heron 6/24/2013
10. Men Marry What They Need 6/24/2013
11. The Dolls 6/24/2014
12. Bees And Morning Glories 6/24/2014
13. Lines 6/24/2014
14. An Apartment With A View 6/24/2014
15. Suburban 6/24/2013
16. About The Teeth Of Sharks 6/24/2014
17. Why Nobody Pets The Lion At The Zoo 6/24/2014
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Why Nobody Pets The Lion At The Zoo

The morning that the world began
The Lion growled a growl at Man.

And I suspect the Lion might
(If he'd been closer) have tried a bite.

I think that's as it ought to be
And not as it was taught to me.

I think the Lion has a right
To growl a growl and bite a bite.

And if the Lion bothered Adam,
He should have growled right back at 'im.

The way to treat a Lion right
Is growl for growl and bite for bite.

True, the Lion is better fit
For biting than for being bit.

But if you look him in the eye
You'll find the Lion's rather ...

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Once I had 1000 roses.
Literally 1000 roses.
I was working for a florist
back in the shambling ‘Thirties
when iced skids of 250 roses
sold for $2 at Faneuil Hall.
So for $8 I bought

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