DPF / Rossetti

For birthdays and for my birthday today, from poetryfoundation.org.

from A Birthday / by Christina Rossetti

Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
                  And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
                  In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys

 

DPF / Heaney

For making metaphor-making look as simple as breathing, from poetryfoundation.org.

from Casualty / by Seamus Heaney

To get out early, haul
Steadily off the bottom,
Dispraise the catch, and smile
As you find a rhythm
Working you, slow mile by mile,
Into your proper haunt
Somewhere, well out, beyond…