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Danse Russe - Poem by William Carlos Williams

If I when my wife is sleeping
and the baby and Kathleen
are sleeping
and the sun is a flame-white disc
in silken mists
above shining trees,—
if I in my north room
dance naked, grotesquely
before my mirror
waving my shirt round my head
and singing softly to myself:
'I am lonely, lonely.
I was born to be lonely,
I am best so! '
If I admire my arms, my face,
my shoulders, flanks, buttocks
against the yellow drawn shades,—

Who shall say I am not
the happy genius of my household?


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  • Rookie - 81 Points Eren Karadas (8/8/2016 7:13:00 AM)

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  • Freshman - 509 Points Ray Burleigh (4/23/2016 4:46:00 AM)

    This poem shocked me into drunken laughter when I first read it...and I had no drink...but it awoke my need to find a voice that was both honest and simple...bless you WCW...you are a saint for us all to revere (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,351 Points Jasbir Chatterjee (3/28/2016 12:03:00 AM)

    nice poem! It's a good thing that the author finds peace in his own company in his own house, instead of seeking it in the arms of another woman. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Dance

  1. 1. Danse Russe , William Carlos Williams
  2. 2. The Dance Of Death , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  3. 3. Reciprocal Invitation To The Dance , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  4. 4. I Cannot Dance Upon My Toes , Emily Dickinson
  5. 5. The Dance , Friedrich Schiller
  6. 6. The Night Dance , Thomas Moore
  7. 7. My Papa's Waltz , Theodore Roethke
  8. 8. The Baby's Dance , Ann Taylor
  9. 9. Dance Me To The End Of Love , Leonard Cohen
  10. 10. Sweet Dancer , William Butler Yeats
  11. 11. Crazy Jane Grown Old Looks At The Dancers , William Butler Yeats
  12. 12. The Dance , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  13. 13. Dance-Hall Girls , Robert William Service
  14. 14. Owen Aherne And His Dancers , William Butler Yeats
  15. 15. Spanish Dancer , Rainer Maria Rilke
  16. 16. The Dancer At Cruachan And Cro-Patrick , William Butler Yeats
  17. 17. The Dance , William Carlos Williams
  18. 18. Overture To A Dance Of Locomotives , William Carlos Williams
  19. 19. The Lost Dancer , Jean Toomer
  20. 20. Javanese Dancers , Arthur Symons
  21. 21. The Wedding Ring Dance , Anne Sexton
  22. 22. The Red Dance , Anne Sexton
  23. 23. Dance Figure , Ezra Pound
  24. 24. How A Little Girl Danced , Vachel Lindsay
  25. 25. The Master Of The Dance , Vachel Lindsay
  26. 26. The Dance , Henry Livingston Jr.
  27. 27. The Plea Of The Simla Dancers , Rudyard Kipling
  28. 28. My Last Dance , Julia Ward Howe
  29. 29. Nora On The Pavement , Arthur Symons
  30. 30. To A Dancer , Arthur Symons
  31. 31. To A Gitana Dancing , Arthur Symons
  32. 32. Imogen , Sir Henry Newbolt
  33. 33. Gratiana Dancing And Singing , Richard Lovelace
  34. 34. The Waltz We Were Born For , Walt McDonald
  35. 35. Latin & Soul , Victor Hernandez Cruz
  36. 36. The Harlem Dancer , Claude McKay
  37. 37. A Dancer's Life , Donald Justice
  38. 38. At A Wedding , Sir John Suckling
  39. 39. Indian Dancer , Sarojini Naidu
  40. 40. The Children Dancing , Robert Laurence Binyon
  41. 41. Gratiana Dancing , Richard Lovelace
  42. 42. Mask , Carl Sandburg
  43. 43. Dancer , Carl Sandburg
  44. 44. Vaudeville Dancer , Carl Sandburg
  45. 45. My Daughter At 14, Christmas Dance, 1981 , Maria Mazziotti Gillan
  46. 46. Song And Dance , Rg Gregory
  47. 47. Deer Dancer , Joy Harjo
  48. 48. Jessica Dances , Eleanor Farjeon
  49. 49. In My Youth I Was A Tireless Dancer , Edward Merton Dorn
  50. 50. Dance Of The Marionette , Raymond A Foss
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