Poems about Water

Henry’s Understanding by John Berryman

‘Henry’s Understanding’ by John Berryman is a chilling and image-rich description of Berryman’s state of mind towards the end of his life as he contemplated suicide.

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i am water by Rupi Kaur

‘i am water’ by Rupi Kaur is a thoughtful poem that uses water as a metaphor. The speaker sees their soft and tough qualities. 

i am water by Rupi Kaur Visual Representation

Meteor Shower by Michael Dylan Welch

‘Meteor Shower’ by Michael Dylan Welch is a three-line haiku that explores a moment on this seashore. The speaker is watching a meteor shower with someone else.

meteor shower by michael dylan welch

Water by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Within ‘Water,’ Emerson personifies the force, depicting it as having its own will and the ability to make choices for itself and for civilization. 

Sand Between the Toes by A.A. Milne

‘Sand Between the Toes’ by A.A. Milne is an upbeat poem. It focuses on a perfect day on the beach and uses characters from Milne’s Winnie the Pooh novels.

In Her Splendor Islanded by Octavio Paz

‘In Her Splendor Islanded’ by Octavio Paz describes a woman through various images of water and land that are separated from the rest of the world. 

Sea Fevers by Agnes Wathall

‘Sea Fevers’ by Agnes Wathall is a thoughtful poem that uses sea-related imagery. With it, the poet depicts her speaker’s seclusion and emotions.

The Swan by John Gould Fletcher

‘The Swan’ by John Gould Fletcher describes the movements of a swan within a body of water and a speaker’s desire to escape his life. 

After Rain by Segun Adekoya

‘After Rain’ describes the impact of extreme heat on a townat the end of a rainstorm, and the different ways that people and animal react. 

Have a Nice Day by Spike Milligan

‘Have a Nice Day’ by Spike Milligan is a poem that uses an odd process of wording to depict a bizarre situation that proved fatal for both involved individuals.

Blessing by Imtiaz Dharker

‘Blessing’ by Imtiaz Dharker is about the importance of water in people’s lives. It uses imagery to depict how cricital this element is to survival.

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