William Carlos Williams

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

The Shadow


Soft as the bed in the earth
Where a stone has lain—
So soft, so smooth and so cool,
Spring closes me in
With her arms and her hands.

Rich as the smell
Of new earth on a stone,
That has lain, breathing
The damp through its pores—
Spring closes me in
With her blossomy hair;
Brings dark to my eyes.

Submitted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

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