Short and not so simple

A charm invests a face

I’m the one who can really enjoy it when a poem is short and not so simple. It’s wrong to assume short poems are simple. In this article I’ve collected some fine examples of short, yet not-so-simple poems.


I know, again, love. Many love poems are short ones, explaining how wonderful the other is. Even Emily Dickinson wrote one, about love and it’s rather short.

A charm invests a face

A charm invests a face


By Emily Dickinson

A charm invests a face
Imperfectly beheld.
The lady dare not lift her veil
For fear it be dispelled.

But peers beyond her mesh,
And wishes, and denies,
Lest interview annul a want
That image satisfies.

Somewhat different from other love poems. Correct. But it doesn’t always has to be sweeter than sweet, right? And judging by the poem written by Gaius Petronius Arbiter.


 “Doing, a filthy pleasure is, and short”

By Gaius Petronius Arbiter

Doing, a filthy pleasure is, and short;
And done, we straight repent us of the sport:
Let us not then rush blindly on unto it,
Like lustful beasts, that only know to do it:
For lust will languish, and that heat decay.
But thus, thus, keeping endless holiday,
Let us together closely lie and kiss,
There is no labour, nor no shame in this;
This hath pleased, doth please, and long will please; never
Can this decay, but is beginning ever.

Did you know this poem was written many, many centuries ago? He was a member of the court of the Roman emperor Nero. We assume he is also the writer of the satirical novel Satyricon.

Since he was captured by Nero because of treason and committed suicide (66 AD), we are now ready for the next subject: death. I don’t believe the passing away of loved ones, can leave anyone untouched. Many poets wrote about death or the passing away of a loved one. Therefore it’s very difficult to choose the right poem. A job I can’t perform!

Queen Mab – extract

By Percy Bysshe Shelley

How wonderful is Death,
Death, and his brother Sleep!
One, pale as yonder waning moon
With lips of lurid blue;
The other, rosy as the morn
When throned on ocean’s wave
It blushes o’er the world;
Yet both so passing wonderful!

Let’s get one thing straight: I am not promoting suicide with this article. I am not a fan of death to be honest. But reading these words of this poet, it makes you think about past times and how people thought about death. Personally, I find more pleasure in reading about life and people telling me how wonderful this is. But, at some moments, I can also write my darkest thoughts down about people passing away or people who passed away. But, these poems aren’t really short poems.

When I write short poems, I mostly write them in Dutch. Since this is an international website, Dutch words are not understood by everyone. Instead of dark poetry, it’s time for some short and positive poetry.



By Harm

in the Merry-go-round
not so fast, that’s scary
Animals all around
statues with smiles on their faces
together for silent races,
except no one will win,
no matter how much they spin
let’s get a lollipop.

Final thoughts, bringing me back to reality:


Never Live

By: unknown

There was a very cautious man
Who never laughed or played
He never risked, he never tried,
He never sang or prayed.
And when he on day passed away,
His insurance was denied,
For since he never really lived,
They claimed he never really died.

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