Here are a few more international poets for you to consider.
Wang Wei, from the eighth century, has a moving poem, "Lament for Yin Yao" which ends with these lines:
All your old friends have brought you gifts
But for your life these too are late.
I've failed you in more ways than one.
Weeping, I walk back to my gate.
translated by Vikram Seth
Of course, there is the famous Li Po who lived in the Tang Dynasty (700's). His poem, "Alone and Drinking Under the Moon," has a contemporary quality which is almost unnerving. He writes:
still not drunk, I am glad
to make the moon and my shadow
Clearly, this is a sentiment which would have been much appreciated by French poet Charles Baudelaire (19th century) who wrote the famous prose poem "Drunk" which declares, mid-poem:
"....ask what time
it is and wind, wave, star, bird, clock will answer you: 'It's time to be drunk! So as not to be the
martyred slaves of time, be drunk, be continually drunk! On wine, on poetry, or on virtue as you
Then there a contemporary Chinese woman poet Zhai Yongming who, in her poem "In this Instant" has this to say about on time and timelessness --and our responsibility to both:
heard the tip tap tune of breaking dawn
The flash of ecstasy had no equal, the aloofness
was like a distrust of air, or the dew
or the night...."