Laura Riding

(January 16, 1901 – September 2, 1991 / New York City)

Yes And No - Poem by Laura Riding

Across a continent imaginary
Because it cannot be discovered now
Upon this fully apprehended planet—
No more applicants considered,
Alas, alas—

Ran an animal unzoological,
Without a fate, without a fact,
Its private history intact
Against the travesty
Of an anatomy.

Not visible not invisible,
Removed by dayless night,
Did it ever fly its ground
Out of fancy into light,
Into space to replace
Its unwritable decease?

Ah, the minutes twinkle in and out
And in and out come and go
One by one, none by none,
What we know, what we don't know.


Comments about Yes And No by Laura Riding

  • Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (10/7/2015 8:21:00 PM)


    The mind delves to solve some mysteries, .At one moment it is belief, at the other it is disbelief.Expressed in some beautiful lines- -
    Ah, the minutes twinkle in and out
    And in and out come and go
    one by one.none by none
    What we know, what we don't know. (Report) Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (10/7/2015 2:30:00 PM)


    Wonderful poem........I liked it..... (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (10/7/2015 10:03:00 AM)


    An imaginary continent and a wonderful animal hitherto unknown likes (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (10/7/2015 10:03:00 AM)


    An imaginary continent and a wonderful animal hitherto unknown and an interesting poem. (Report) Reply

  • Nyota Yasulwe Nyota Yasulwe (10/7/2015 7:44:00 AM)


    There are still many mysteries on this planet earth. Let the research go on and let the good poets like this one express themselves! (Report) Reply

  • John Richter (10/7/2015 6:42:00 AM)


    That first stanza blew me away! She speaks of an imaginary continent because the earth has already been fully explored - there are no landmasses left to be discovered - and then she dives into a wonderful fancy within that imaginary continent - of an animal undiscovered, unknown and unseen - and how time flies so because it is a happy place - no worries or concerns. I find this poem incredibly fanciful and completely whimsical - and it goes absolutely nowhere but is entirely lovely all along the way! A+! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Jasbir Chatterjee Jasbir Chatterjee (10/7/2015 6:41:00 AM)


    we have come a long way to what we are now, but certain things will always remain a mystery... (Report) Reply

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (10/7/2015 6:01:00 AM)


    Known and unknown aspects of life make it more enjoyable. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda Anil Kumar Panda (10/7/2015 5:47:00 AM)


    About intricacies of life that is unavoidable. Very nice. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (10/7/2015 4:56:00 AM)


    Life is full of what we know and, what we don't know. Nice piece. (Report) Reply

  • .., Rahman .., Henry .., Rahman .., Henry (10/7/2015 1:58:00 AM)


    A wonderful and lovely poem.

    `Ah, the minutes twinkle in and out
    And in and out come and go
    One by one, none by none,
    What we know, what we don't know.' (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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