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To A Friend Concerning Several Ladies Analysis

Author: poem of William Carlos Williams Type: poem Views: 4

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You know there is not much

that I desire, a few chrysanthemums

half lying on the grass, yellow

and brown and white, the

talk of a few people, the trees,

an expanse of dried leaves perhaps

with ditches among them.

But there comes

between me and these things

a letter

or even a look—well placed,

you understand,

so that I am confused, twisted

four ways and—left flat,

unable to lift the food to

my own mouth:

Here is what they say: Come!

and come! and come! And if

I do not go I remain stale to

myself and if I go—

I have watched

the city from a distance at night

and wondered why I wrote no poem.

Come! yes,

the city is ablaze for you

and you stand and look at it.

And they are right. There is

no good in the world except out of

a woman and certain women alone

for certain. But what if

I arrive like a turtle,

with my house on my back or

a fish ogling from under water?

It will not do. I must be

steaming with love, colored

like a flamingo. For what?

To have legs and a silly head

and to smell, pah! like a flamingo

that soils its own feathers behind.

Must I go home filled

with a bad poem?

And they say:

Who can answer these things

till he has tried? Your eyes

are half closed, you are a child,

oh, a sweet one, ready to play

but I will make a man of you and

with love on his shoulder—!

And in the marshes

the crickets run

on the sunny dike's top and

make burrows there, the water

reflects the reeds and the reeds

move on their stalks and rattle drily.

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