Robert Lee Frost – Once By The Pacific


The shattered water made a misty din.
Great waves looked over others coming in,
And thought of doing something to the shore
That water never did to land before.
The clouds were low and hairy in the skies,
Like locks blown forward in the gleam of eyes.
You could not tell, and yet it looked as if
The shore was lucky in being backed by cliff,
The cliff in being backed by continent;
It looked as if a night of dark intent
Was coming, and not only a night, an age.
Someone had better be prepared for rage.
There would be more than ocean-water broken
Before God’s last *Put out the Light* was spoken.


160 Responses to Robert Lee Frost – Once By The Pacific

  1. Jeremy says:

    That really proves that this continental poetry is doggerel.

    I enjoy the feeling of being pushed back throughout the Frost piece above.

  2. teen says:

    So all you do is post already famous poems? WHy not write some yourself. I’d like to be an author on this blog. Could you invite me,please ?

  3. The Rooster says:

    Dude you need to fix your header up: BTW you can not use java script on wordpress FIY. Thats why it looks the way it does, nice try at a work-around. Cheers

  4. THEY brought me rubies from the mine,
    And held them to the sun;
    I said, they are drops of frozen wine
    From Eden’s vats that run.

    I looked again,–I thought them hearts
    Of friends to friends unknown;
    Tides that should warm each neighboring life
    Are locked in sparkling stone.

    But fire to thaw that ruddy snow,
    To break enchanted ice,
    And give love’s scarlet tides to flow,–
    When shall that sun arise?

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  5. orler says:

    very beautiful poetry…

  6. Shirley says:

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  7. Coral says:


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  8. When falls the dark

    I hear they cry colours

    in graffiti of wall…

    they throw to me in the eyes

    the stolen sunbeams,

    front they die,

    each night.

    Thessaloniki – Vorias

  9. sofia says:

    So beatiful. Thank you sofia

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  10. sofia says:

    If I may lend your poem, would you like to send it to me? sinserly sofia

  11. Nice poem.
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  13. katzwebdesign says:

    So many poets is writ’n their proses
    Pickin’ their noses
    Suckin’ their toeses
    Avoidin’ all traces of pleasure and power
    Simply because they refusin’ to shower!

  14. paulie11 says:

    Frankly, I think Robert Frost gets a little corny here.

    Paulie11 from inside the Snakepit

  15. ezra hilyer says:

    I like the choice of photos for this poem, this is not my favorite poem by Frost, but still it is good.
    -Ezra hilyer -

  16. I haven’t read many Frost poems beside the “greatest hits”. This one was lovely even if corny.

  17. Gary R. Hess says:

    Frost’s poetry always mindblowing for me, great works.

  18. dunstancarter says:

    What a great poem – hugely atmospheric and wild.

  19. J.P.Sinha says:

    Your photos are very nice. Poetries are nice too. I too have written two poetries on my blog. Please visit my blog to read them.

  20. […] Poem by Robert Lee Frost, Once by the Pacific, which begins: The shattered water made a misty din. Great waves looked over others coming in, And thought of doing something to the shore That water never did to land before… […]

  21. olgalednichenko says:

    When does Poetry Flow through your viens? – Olga Lednichenko

    And the answer is:

    When you don’t have anyone to tell – you are in Pain.

    Olga Lednichenko

  22. charlie says:

    really good i liked it

  23. thedaythatidie says:

    you should make your own. but thanks for sharing their poems. it’s nice to reread them. hey, can we exchange links?

  24. Tina Marshall says:

    I love all poetry…it is such a beautiful art form. Oh, and today is National Poetry Day (in Manchester, England). Check this out:

  25. Meg K. says:

    This is a great blog, I love the idea!

    Robert Frost could keep any poet inspired…
    I just started writing poetry for Authspot.
    If you want to check out some of my work, here’s the link:

  26. P. Head says:

    Samuel Johnson said poetry is not so much heard as overheard. That’s the essence of haiku–add yours to my site above and enjoy poetry there contributed by others.


  27. js37 says:

    Frost is wonderful. I love it.

  28. sameer says:

    Nice blog, liked the theme of it.

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  29. Rico Devante says:

    Frost had incredible insight into the human spirit. I love reading his work.

  30. 25624 says:

    What a waste of a blog.

  31. vamsi says:

    I did not get the meaning of *put out the light*. could someone enlighten me on that.

    I have written some poems too. If interested please visit

  32. Aldo says:

    Why a waste? It is a very nice blog. I’m going to restart it soon.

    Aldo (The author)

  33. akash says:

    hello I am a high school junior and I am doing a report on Robert Frost. Personally, I think he is a fabulous poet. For my report I am also doing a survey on Robert Frost’s poetry. If you could respond to my survey that would be great. Thank you.

  34. ana says:

    That’s just beautiful! Congratulations!

  35. Ragnar says:

    didn’t feel the rythm, can appreciate the imagery but no rythm for me.

  36. Mike Bowler says:

    If you used Instant Word Search, you will have no trouble finding rhyming words.

  37. What a shame this blog isn’t active anymore 😦

    Oh well… If you folks have time, stop by “my place” and take part in my “Silly Haiku Wednesdays“!

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  38. Great nature and coastal descriptions 🙂

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  40. john says:

    You should check this blog out. Good stuff!

  41. Sapna says:

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  42. sandrar says:

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  44. arness says:

    There is life there must also die …
    There must also meeting a farewell …
    There is also a sad beautiful …
    all have a couple …
    in this world ..

  45. hasruL says:

    and with smile, they will be happy there

  46. seema gupta says:

    its amezing……..


  47. luvzbooks says:

    I love the imagery in this poem…it illustrates the emotion so well!

  48. I’ve always thought that great poems don’t have to rhyme, but this is one I love that does.

    David Bohmiller

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  50. Zong Han says:

    Vry beautiful poetry. Love it. =) However, please check out my poetry site where I have posted my original poems and kindly give me comments on how to improve. Thanks =)

  51. Must everyone advertise their own poems? Yikes. Anyway, I like the line about the
    shore looking lucky in being “backed by cliff.” Cool. I hadn’t read this one before. Thanks.

  52. Wannabe says:

    the sky was looking as if the god is in middle of a masterpiece.There were patches of all kind of colors in the sky and each of them looking carefully measured and dolloped across the sky.i shut my eyes and tried to see this amazing spectacle.I felt a cold breeze brushing my eyebrows,ears and caressing my body.i felt that i was part of the masterpiece.i felt i was also god’s painstaking creation.i was also as beautiful as the sky above me,the ground beneath me and the wind that was teasing me.i let my hands out,smiled wildly and let out a loud scream the one i used to make when i couldn’t control my rush as a child.i started running as fast as i could.i was barefoot and with each footstep i could feel the cold wet soil beneath the grass.i just ran towards the rising sun as if eager to meet,embrace and thank for letting me experience life.Wind became even more powerful and worked against me,it pushed against me as if challenging me to overcome it.i pushed against this powerful force of nature and felt as if every muscle,every cell of my body wants to liberate itself from the confines.i soon was taking large steps and suddenly with a gentle push from the ground i soared in the sky as if nature couldn’t hold me any longer and tossed me up in the air lovingly.i watched the ground beneath which was smiling and waiting for me to return but i had other plans.i changed my posture,cramped myself and then release it as if i was the soaring note after a silent interlude.i rose even more,the ground beneath me grew even more wider as if smiling as wide.i felt like a wind myself,and free from the confines of my body.there was no weight,no heart that was beating,no me.I just became part of a large patronising force looking down the ground as if i never existed there.i was everywhere yet no where.i was with everybody yet with nobody.i had everything yet nothing.i became the rush,i became the thrill,i became the joy happiness which i was so eager to spread everywhere in the world.i became the loving embrace so tightly engulfing the earth as if i’ll never let it go.

  53. Baratpour says:

    hello poet!
    I cant speak inglish very well.
    Im an iranian poemer and speak persian(Farsi)!
    can u speak farsi(persian)!? owh!
    I live in Iran
    wellcome to Iran

  54. Jack Heart says:

    The wind howls its secrets through forests of night
    As we emerge from the pools that drown our delight
    In a fire that burns and consumes all are hate
    Bound by are flesh to this earth and her faith

    I’ve been alone since that very first day
    cursing this world that stood in our way
    The sun and the moon are divided by earth
    It’s the stigma attached to the great Gods birth

    As I forge through the tide of this receding gloom
    In a raft made of pride under a waning moon
    The last bloody warrior on a battlefield divine
    In a celestial chariot drawn by space and time

    Through fields full of fire
    And fields of emerald green
    Trough the end of hope
    To the prophets dream

  55. I love Robert Frost.. My inspiration to write. I’ve just started writing.. Poetry allows me escape from the drudgery and the ritual misery of monotonous life. 🙂 Please visit my page and give suggestions/comments

  56. Not bad, but your poetry could benefit from choosing a more constraining form. Ever considered using meter ?

    You might be interested by my rather classical-inspired poetry:

    Jan Peregrinus

  57. This is a great blog, I’m going to subscribe to the rss feed. What brang me to this site was a search on poetry blogs, because I also run a poetry website that takes in daily poetry submissions, the website is . I have been working on it now for roughly 4 years, we have over 8000 unqiue poetry sumissons and 6500 poetry writers 🙂 thanks for being apart of the poetic community!

  58. NATO Poet says:

    I am serving in Afghanistan and one of our servicemembers loves poetry. She posted this poem to our NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan.

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  59. Van Bakker says:

    Very nice poem. I liked it very much, but I repeat someone’s question: Do you post other people’s poems only?

  60. weekdaypoet says:

    I don’t see what’s wrong with this blog only hosting “other people’s poems.” It has a good variety of poems and matches them with gorgeous pictures. And you gotta love the classics.

  61. hearts says:

    it’s beautiful and i love the image

  62. Zubyre says:

    Fear not! It’s all watery cos it’s the age of aquarius, with the yin now taking precedence over yang, welcome to a gentler world. It’s good these women are up to their tricks, it’s better than a yang world, I’d rather have all those tricks, men are dogs agreed. I like the personification of the water and stuff, indeed we cameth from water, so it makes sense y’all! lol..

  63. Derrick says:

    This is great!!! I too have a blog about poetry. Check it out here, and feel free to leave comments =):

  64. poeticchronicles says:

    I’ve just discovered this blog, and I think I’ll come back here. Why don’t you add some email sign up widget?

  65. hassan says:

    شعر خوبی بود.

  66. da konvict says:

    Wing tipped
    by the sun
    i see a different
    version of the moon
    A movie not yet seen in darkness
    A story not yet told by prophets
    No movie mongrel
    has siphoned the
    joy from the wing,
    the eclipse
    Clever this fore night
    how the transition
    of sun and moon
    cloud my thinking
    create this poem
    Somewhere in between.


  67. da konvict says:

    Wing tipped
    by the sun
    i see a different
    version of the moon
    A movie not yet seen in darkness
    A story not yet told by prophets


  68. Kelly says:

    I love this poem. very beautiful

  69. I am submitting my own poem:

    Heavenly Dragon

    Striding across the mountains,
    Into his lair across the plains.
    Glowering at his riches,
    The dragon protects its loot from evil witches.

    Following the trail of his prey,
    Absolutely nobody gets in his way.
    He pounces and bellows,
    As a roaring flame envelopes his fellows.

    Sprinting towards the sky,
    The great dragon takes flight.
    On to his to success, the black and red striped giant,
    Claims dominion over the sky.

    As the awe-inspiring dragon swoops-
    He swoops through the land,
    He starts to spread his hands,
    And lands upon the ground in a billowing cloud of dust.

    He steps into his lair,
    And believes that it is fair.
    He adds to his collection,
    And in a polished coin, he admires his admirable complexions.

    As the mighty beast yawns,
    He glances at his precious golden pawns.
    He settles upon his perfect bed,
    And slowly journeyed to the land of dreams.

    And as he slumbered,
    He dreams about his plunder.

    And as he awoke at the crack of dawn,
    Peoples from miles within heard the earth tremble,
    And they knew the dragon was abroad.

  70. I really like this poem . i just started my poetry blog, and it has thought me to start reading poetry again. please check it out and let me know what you think…

  71. Liliya says:

    I loved this poem…reminds me of some I wrote myself about the sea.

  72. Bharath says:

    I just wanted to say that this is a really wonderful blog you’ve got here…it is a pleasure to find such awesome poetry from so many poets here…and I especially liked this poem…just wondering why this blog doesnt seem to be continuing anymore?

  73. AlexM says:

    Yeah, A good poem, but Not Frost’s Best.
    I Love some of his other stuff though.

  74. Anthony says:

    I enjoyed the imagery but it seems to be lacking soul.

  75. v.B. says:

    I see what he intends to do there- its witty and peripherally amusing but still very hard to forgive- modernity hath ‘im, the lack of decision [funny or nature lyrical] coupled with dragging down the grandness into quotidian banality makes this unsatisfactory to me, even if its ‘intended’.

    Cool blog here btw, will certainly look by now and then!

    Best wishes J.G.v.B.

  76. sean says:

    i have one of many poems to read

  77. There is some good in this poem but then it collapses with that last line.


  78. So beautiful. Thank for this poem.

  79. rosa says:

    Hidden love she found
    forbidden though it be.
    The darkness in her life
    melted into sweet harmony.
    She discovered love,
    and to her love she was shown
    and together are unbeatable
    because they made their own

  80. Jon says:

    Such a great poem!

  81. My favorite:

    “It looked as if a night of dark intent
    Was coming, and not only a night, an age.”

    Frost always gives us satisfaction in his every pastoral journey.

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  82. pip257 says:

    Great blog:) Robert Frost’s poetry somehow always manages to ignite the imagination in an amazing way.
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  84. Highly spiritual expression in a wonder poem!

  85. SuperTramP says:

    what a beautiful poem, thanks for bringing my attention to it

  86. joe hanson says:

    this was a beautiful poem, reminds me of the wonders of the world.
    I also found a poem similar to this at

  87. oblivious says:

    That truly was vivid, as all poetry should be, it has to encapsulate, if not embody the reader, ushering them into a cryptic myriad of descriptive atmospheres, beautiful!!!!!!!!

  88. johnratley1 says:

    it seems like this poetry selection is limited, both in time of publication and prose. explore.

  89. Awesome and beautiful poetry, both vivd and thought evoking!


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  91. tina says:

    i enjoying your post , i already read it 4 times
    its some thing that i searching for ,

  92. שיף says:

    nice article! I shared it on my FB wall!!

  93. I love Frost. So straight forward and, well manly. I’m reading a newer poet that is similar in how he presents his thoughts. Very real. His name is branson carrol. I found one of his ebooks on kindle, a heart’s edge.

    Does anyone else know about this guy?

  94. johnrobertonline says:

    I can’t say I fully understand the message of the poem. I enjoyed reading it though.

  95. neil says:

    Gosh. A lot of people following this blog! Is it on facebook yet? Looks great.

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  98. I always like Robert Frost

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  100. Leckertia Bell says:

    Beautiful poem i love the way his words flow through out the poem, i’m a first time blogger and would love for people to tell me what they think if you have a blogger, but if not just take the time out to check it out thanks =)

  101. name says:

    Gnarled gargoyle features
    cracked half burn stubble
    and worn charcoal fingertips

    Dragging iron clad boots
    heaving an ancient born shoulder axe
    it’s hapless afterglow as if fresh from the roaring furnace

    Thickset, teeth grit
    sweating a formless trail
    inching forward with fear sunken eyes
    reverberating from the sardonic tune of children’s cries

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  102. Robert Frost, one of my favourite poets..
    A great admirer of you blog

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  109. Annxyz says:

    nice piece of poetry.

  110. I really enjoyed this one, thanks for posting it. I’m a big Frost fan.

  111. Lynn Marie Ford says:

    RE: It looked as if a night of dark intent
    Was coming, and not only a night, an age.

    Very suspensefull..couldnt turn my eyes awey! Lynn Marie Ford

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  113. Very profound. I love reading poems I’ve never seen before.

  114. Micheal says:

    Nice poem, it’s long time since i read such great poem like this is

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  116. poetry forum says:

    Frost has been a favourite of mine for some while now, we have some of his work posted on our Poetry Forum
    In this poem i love how he mixes sight and sound to create the noise and rage of the sea against the cliffs.

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