William Jay Smith

(1918 / Louisiana, USA)

William Jay Smith Poems

1. A Pavane For The Nursery 10/2/2014
2. Invitation To Ground Zero 10/2/2014
3. The Garden 10/2/2014
4. Dachshunds 10/2/2014
5. Mr. Smith 1/20/2003
6. The World Below The Window 1/20/2003
7. The Flight 10/2/2014
8. Penguin 10/2/2014
9. Polar Bear 10/2/2014
10. Touch The Air Softly 10/2/2014
11. The Floor And The Ceiling 10/2/2014
12. Butterfly 10/2/2014
13. American Primitive 1/20/2003
14. Winter Morning 1/20/2003
15. The Toaster 10/2/2014
16. Seal 10/2/2014
Best Poem of William Jay Smith


See how he dives
From the rocks with a zoom!
See how he darts
Through his watery room
Past crabs and eels
And green seaweed,
Past fluffs of sandy
Minnow feed!
See how he swims
With a swerve and a twist,
A flip of the flipper,
A flick of the wrist!
Softer than spray,
Down he plunges
And sweeps away;
Before you can think,
Before you can utter
Words like "Dill pickle"
Or "Apple butter,"
Back up he swims
Past Sting Ray and Shark,
Out with a zoom,

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Winter Morning

All night the wind swept over the house
And through our dream
Swirling the snow up through the pines,
Ruffling the white, ice-capped clapboards,
Rattling the windows,
Rustling around and below our bed
So that we rode
Over wild water
In a white ship breasting the waves.

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