General Editor: Marc R. Plamondon
Representative Poetry Online, edition 6.0, is a web anthology of 4,800 poems in English and French by over 700 poets spanning 1400 years. more about RPO
A heartwarming gift for you on this cold Valentine’s Day: “Phyllis Loves Kelly,” 60 years of collected love poems from poet Phyllis Gotlieb to her husband, Kelly...
1If all the world were paper,
2 And all the sea were ink;
3If all the trees were bread and cheese,
4 How should we do for drink?
5If all the world were sand'o,
6 Oh then what should we lack'o,
7If as they say there were no clay,
8 How should we take tobacco?
9If all our vessels ran'a,
10 If none but has a crack'a;
11If Spanish apes ate all the grapes,
12 How should we do for sack'a?
13If friars had no bald pates,
14 Nor nuns had no dark cloisters;
15If all the seas were beans and pease,
16 How should we do for oysters?
17If there had been no projects,
18 Nor none that did great wrongs;
19If fiddlers shall turn players all,
20 How should we do for songs?
21If all things were eternal,
22 And nothing their end bringing;
23If this should be, then how should we
24 Here make an end of singing?