poet William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams

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Spring And All

By the road to the contagious hospital
under the surge of the blue
mottled clouds driven from the
northeast -- a cold wind. Beyond, the
waste of broad, muddy fields
brown with dried weeds, standing and fallen

patches of standing water
the scattering of tall trees

All along the road the reddish
purplish, forked, upstanding, twiggy
stuff of bushes and small trees
with dead, brown leaves under them
leafless vines --

Lifeless in appearance, sluggish
dazed spring approaches --

They enter the new world naked,
cold, uncertain of all
save that they enter. All about them
the cold, familiar wind --

Now the grass, tomorrow
the stiff curl of wildcarrot leaf

One by one objects are defined --
It quickens: clarity, outline of leaf

But now the stark dignity of
entrance -- Still, the profound change
has come upon them: rooted they
grip down and begin to awaken

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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Comments about Spring And All by William Carlos Williams

  • John Richter (6/23/2015 7:26:00 AM)

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But how many words does it take to paint a perfect picture? This many. Exactly. What a wonderful and very visual poem.

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    Kim BarneyKim Barney(6/23/2015 10:43:00 AM)

    Amen, Brother.

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (6/23/2015 5:53:00 AM)

    A cold wind; with the muse of nature. Nice work.

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