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To Wish Myself Courage To Wish Myself Courage

To Wish Myself Courage
On the day when youth is no more upon meI will write of the leaves and the moon in a tree top!I will sing then the song, long in the making--When the stress of youth is put away from me.How can I ever be written out as men say?Surely it is merely an interference with the long song--This that I am now doing.But when the spring of it is worn like the old moonAnd the eaten leaves are lace upon the cold earth--Then I will rise up in my great desire--Long at the birth--and sing me the youth-song!(The end)William Carlos Williams's... Poems - Post by : cowenpa - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Carlos Williams - Read : 1373

Contemporania Contemporania

Contemporania
The corner of a great rainSteamy with the countryHas fallen upon my garden.I go back and forth nowAnd the little leaves follow meTalking of the great rain,Of branches broken,And the farmer's curses!But I go back and forthIn this corner of a gardenAnd the green shoots follow mePraising the great rain.We are not curst together,The leaves and I,Framing devices, flower devicesAnd other ways of peoplingThe barren country.Truly it was a very great rainThat makes the little leaves follow me.(The end)William Carlos Williams's poem: Contemporania... Poems - Post by : vikashi - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Carlos Williams - Read : 2014

Hic Jacet Hic Jacet

Hic Jacet
The coroner's merry little children Have such twinkling brown eyes.Their father is not of gay men And their mother jocular in no wise,Yet the coroner's merry little children Laugh so easily.They laugh because they prosper. Fruit for them is upon all branches.Lo! how they jibe at loss, for Kind heaven fills their little paunches!It's the coroner's merry, merry children Who laugh so easily.(The end)William Carlos Williams's poem: Hic Jacet... Poems - Post by : eolim - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Carlos Williams - Read : 1646

Translations From The Spanish, 'el Romancero' Translations From The Spanish, "el Romancero"

Translations From The Spanish, 'el Romancero'
I Although you do your best to regard me With an air seeming offended, Never can you deny, when all's ended, Calm eyes, that you did regard me.However much you're at pains toOffend me, by which I may suffer,What offence is there can make up forThe great good he finds who attains you?For though with mortal fear you reward me,Until my sorry sense is plenished,Never can you deny, when all's ended,Calm eyes, that you did regard me.Thinking thus to dismay meYou beheld me with disdain,But instead of destroying the gain,In fact with doubled good you paid me.For... Poems - Post by : paulf - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Carlos Williams - Read : 1274

Ad Infinitum Ad Infinitum

Ad Infinitum
Still I bring flowersAlthough you fling them at my feet Until none staysThat is not struck across with wounds: Flowers and flowersThat you may break them utterly As you have always done. Sure happilyI still bring flowers, flowers, Knowing how allAre crumpled in your praise And may not liveTo speak a lesser thing.(The end)William Carlos Williams's poem: Ad Infinitum... Poems - Post by : shelikesmoney - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Carlos Williams - Read : 2534

Con Brio Con Brio

Con Brio
Miserly, is the best description of that poor foolWho holds Lancelot to have been a morose fellow,Dolefully brooding over the events which had naturally to followThe high time of his deed with Guinevere.He has a sick historical sight, if I judge rightly,To believe any such thing as that ever occurred.But, by the god of blood, what else is it that has deterredUs all from an out and out defiance of fearBut this same perdamnable miserliness,Which cries about our necks how we shall have less and lessThan we have now if we spend too wantonly?Bah, this sort of slither is below contempt!In... Poems - Post by : elwynth - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Carlos Williams - Read : 2125

Portent Portent

Portent
Red cradle of the night, In you The dusky childSleeps fast till his might Shall be piledSinew on sinew.Red cradle of the night, The dusky childSleeping sits upright. Lo how The winds blow now! He pillows back;The winds are again mild.When he stretches his arms out,Red cradle of the night, The alarms shoutFrom bare tree to tree, Wild In afright!Mighty shall he be,Red cradle of the night, The dusky child!!(The end)William Carlos... Poems - Post by : sairs72 - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Carlos Williams - Read : 2299

The Death Of Franco Of Cologne: His Prophecy Of Beethoven The Death Of Franco Of Cologne: His Prophecy Of Beethoven

The Death Of Franco Of Cologne: His Prophecy Of Beethoven
It is useless, good woman, useless: the spark fails me.God! yet when the might of it all assails meIt seems impossible that I cannot do it.Yet I cannot. They were right, and they all knew itYears ago, but I--never! I have persistedBlindly (they say) and now I am old. I have resistedEverything, but now, now the strife's ended.The fire's out; the old cloak has been mendedFor the last time, the soul peers through its tatters.Put a light by and leave me; nothing more mattersNow; I am done; I am at last well broken!Yet, by God, I'll still leave them a tokenThat... Poems - Post by : John_Clifford - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Carlos Williams - Read : 3553

The Ordeal The Ordeal

The Ordeal
O Crimson salamander, Because of love's whim sacred!Swim the winding flame Predestined to disman himAnd bring our fellow home to us again. Swim in with watery fang, Gnaw out and drownThe fire roots that circle himUntil the Hell-flower dies down And he comes home again. Aye, bring him home, O crimson salamander,That I may see he is unchanged with burning--Then have your will with him, O crimson salamander.(The end)William Carlos Williams's poem: Ordeal... Poems - Post by : vatek1 - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Carlos Williams - Read : 2508

Crude Lament Crude Lament

Crude Lament
Mother of flames, The men that went ahuntingAre asleep in the snow drifts. You have kept the fire burning!Crooked fingers that pullFuel from among the wet leaves, Mother of flames You have kept the fire burning!The young wives have fallen asleepWith wet hair, weeping, Mother of flames!The young men raised the heavy spearsAnd are gone prowling in the darkness. O mother of flames, You who have kept the fire burning! Lo, I am helpless!Would God they had taken me with them!(The end)William Carlos Williams's poem: Crude Lament... Poems - Post by : Kickdrum - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Carlos Williams - Read : 2536

An After Song An After Song

An After Song
So art thou broken in upon me, Apollo, Through a splendour of purple garments-- Held by the yellow-haired Clymène To clothe the white of thy shoulders-- Bare from the day's leaping of horses.This is strange to me, here in the modern twilight.(The end)William Carlos Williams's poem: After Song... Poems - Post by : terirhodes - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Carlos Williams - Read : 1245

Mezzo Forte Mezzo Forte

Mezzo Forte
Take that, damn you; and that! And here's a rose To make it right again! God knows I'm sorry, Grace; but then,It's not my fault if you will be a cat.(The end)William Carlos Williams's poem: Mezzo Forte... Poems - Post by : yangqing - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Carlos Williams - Read : 2263

Immortal Immortal

Immortal
Yes, there is one thing braver than all flowers; Richer than clear gems; wider than the sky;Immortal and unchangeable; whose powers Transcend reason, love and sanity!And thou, beloved, art that godly thing! Marvellous and terrible; in glanceAn injured Juno roused against Heaven's King! And thy name, lovely One, is Ignorance.(The end)William Carlos Williams's poem: Immortal... Poems - Post by : Brandie_King - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Carlos Williams - Read : 564

From 'the Birth Of Venus,' Song From "the Birth Of Venus," Song

From 'the Birth Of Venus,' Song
Come with us and play!See, we have breasts as women! From your tents by the seaCome play with us: it is forbidden! Come with us and play!Lo, bare, straight legs in the water! By our boats we stay, Then swimming awayCome to us: it is forbidden! Come with us and play!See, we are tall as women! Our eyes are keen: Our hair is bright:Our voices speak outright:We revel in the sea's green! Come play:... Poems - Post by : cajunX - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Carlos Williams - Read : 2398

The Fool's Song The Fool's Song

The Fool's Song
I tried to put a bird in a cage. O fool that I am! For the bird was Truth.Sing merrily, Truth: I tried to put Truth in a cage!And when I had the bird in the cage, O fool that I am! Why, it broke my pretty cage.Sing merrily, Truth; I tried to put Truth in a cage!And when the bird was flown from the cage, O fool that I am! Why, I had nor bird nor cage.Sing merrily, Truth: I tried to... Poems - Post by : Marlene_Shea - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Carlos Williams - Read : 3318

Homage Homage

Homage
Elvira, by love's graceThere goeth before youA clear radianceWhich maketh all vain soulsCandles when noon is.The loud clangour of pretendersMelteth before youLike the roll of carts passing,But you come silentlyAnd homage is given.Now the little by-pathWhich leadeth to loveIs again joyful with its many;And the great highwayFrom loveIs without passers.(The end)William Carlos Williams's poem: Homage... Poems - Post by : shelwriter - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Carlos Williams - Read : 2626

First Praise First Praise

First Praise
Lady of dusk wood fastnesses, Thou art my Lady.I have known the crisp splintering leaf-tread with thee on before,White, slender through green saplings;I have lain by thee on the grey forest floor Beside thee, my Lady.Lady of rivers strewn with stones, Only thou art my Lady.Where thousand the freshets are crowded like peasants to a fair;Clear skinned, wild from seclusion,They jostle white armed down the tent-bordered thoroughfare Praising my Lady.(The end)William Carlos Williams's poem: First Praise... Poems - Post by : clov78 - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Carlos Williams - Read : 3295

Postlude Postlude

Postlude
Now that I have cooled to youLet there be gold of tarnished masonry,Temples soothed by the sun to ruinThat sleep utterly.Give me hand for the dances,Ripples at Philae, in and out,And lips, my Lesbian,Wall flowers that once were flame.Your hair is my CarthageAnd my arms the bow,And our words arrowsTo shoot the starsWho from that misty seaSwarm to destroy us.But you there beside me--Oh how shall I defy you,Who wound me in the nightWith breasts shiningLike Venus and like Mars?The night that is shouting JasonWhen the loud eaves rattleAs with waves above meBlue at the prow of my desire.(The end)William Carlos... Poems - Post by : jcrasi - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Carlos Williams - Read : 3188

Peace On Earth Peace On Earth

Peace On Earth
The Archer is wake!The Swan is flying!Gold against blueAn Arrow is lying.There is hunting in heaven--Sleep safe till to-morrow.The Bears are abroad!The Eagle is screaming!Gold against blueTheir eyes are gleaming!Sleep!Sleep safe till to-morrow.The Sisters lieWith their arms intertwining;Gold against blueTheir hair is shining!The Serpent writhes!Orion is listening!Gold against blueHis sword is glistening!Sleep!There is hunting in heaven--Sleep safe till to-morrow.(The end)William Carlos Williams's poem: Peace On Earth... Poems - Post by : Lonnie - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Carlos Williams - Read : 2309

The Great Figure The Great Figure

The Great Figure
Among the rain and lights I saw the figure 5 in gold on a red firetruck moving with weight and urgency tense unheeded to gong clangs siren howls and wheels rumbling through the dark city.(The end)William Carlos Williams's poem: Great Figure... Poems - Post by : DavidC - Date : November 2011 - Author : William Carlos Williams - Read : 870