William Carlos Williams

(17 September 1883 – 4 March 1963 / New Jersey)

Flowers By The Sea


When over the flowery, sharp pasture's
edge, unseen, the salt ocean

lifts its form-chicory and daisies
tied, released, seem hardly flowers alone

but color and the movement-or the shape
perhaps-of restlessness, whereas

the sea is circled and sways
peacefully upon its plantlike stem

Submitted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

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