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William Carlos Williams

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

Youth and Beauty


I bought a dishmop--
having no daughter--
for they had twisted
fine ribbons of shining copper
about white twine
and made a tousled head
of it, fastened it
upon a turned ash stick
slender at the neck
straight, tall--
when tied upright
on the brass wallbracket
to be a light for me
and naked
as a girl should seem
to her father.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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