Selected poems by Lawrence Baulch

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These poems are from “All streams run to the sea,” published in May, 1977. As it says in Ecclesiastes 1:7, “All streams run to the sea but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow there they flow again.” His widow Evelyn sent the book to me after Larry’s death on October 10, 1976. He was 49 years old. The book was published in early 1977. I hope you enjoy these poems as much as I do.

. . .

Swiftly banking
and winging away, only
the hawk’s scream remains.

. . .

Seagulls plunging
into the free bay, fishing
with springtime abandon.

. . .

Huge black bear in mall,
twin cubs sucking greedily
at momma’s stone teats.

. . .

A bright splash of sunlight
enters the hospital through
this van Gogh painting.

. . .

Up high, suspended
on a current of wind.
a hawk watches.

. . .

Sounds of the night:
a cold rain falling;
a dog barking.

. . .

She crosses the street,
yellow coat, red umbrella,
in the winter rain.

. . .

Note: An autobiography of Lawrence Baulch, “Return to the World” was published by Judson Press in 1968.


About gwpj

Originally from Seattle, I now live in Sapporo, Japan, where I write, explore this city, read widely, and ask questions about things that i see as important. I'm also an author, with three novels published ("The Old Man and The Monkey", "Grandfather and The Raven", and "Bear: a story about a boy and his unusual dog"). For more information about my writing, drop by my website, at
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