William Carlos Williams
New Jersey

Spring And All

Rating: 3.1
By the road to the contagious hospital
under the surge of the blue
mottled clouds driven from the
northeast -- a cold wind. Beyond, the
waste of broad, muddy fields
brown with dried weeds, standing and fallen

patches of standing water
the scattering of tall trees

All along the road the reddish
purplish, forked, upstanding, twiggy
stuff of bushes and small trees
with dead, brown leaves under them
leafless vines --

Lifeless in appearance, sluggish
dazed spring approaches --

They enter the new world naked,
cold, uncertain of all
save that they enter. All about them
the cold, familiar wind --

Now the grass, tomorrow
the stiff curl of wildcarrot leaf

One by one objects are defined --
It quickens: clarity, outline of leaf

But now the stark dignity of
entrance -- Still, the profound change
has come upon them: rooted they
grip down and begin to awaken
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COMMENTS
John Richter 23 June 2015
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But how many words does it take to paint a perfect picture? This many. Exactly. What a wonderful and very visual poem.
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Kim Barney 23 June 2015
Amen, Brother.
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Edward Kofi Louis 23 June 2015
A cold wind; with the muse of nature. Nice work.
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