William Carlos Williams

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

Metric Figure - Poem by William Carlos Williams

There is a bird in the poplars!
It is the sun!
The leaves are little yellow fish
swimming in the river.
The bird skims above them,
day is on his wings.
Phoebus!
It is he that is making
the great gleam among the poplars!
It is his singing
outshines the noise
of leaves clashing in the wind.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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