Weldon Kees

(1914 - 1955 / Nebraska / United States)

The End Of The Library - Poem by Weldon Kees

When the coal
Gave out, we began
Burning the books, one by one;
First the set
Of Bulwer-Lytton
And then the Walter Scott.
They gave a lot of warmth.
Toward the end, in
February, flames
Consumed the Greek
Tragedians and Baudelaire,
Proust, Robert Burton
And the Po-Chu-i. Ice
Thickened on the sills.
More for the sake of the cat,
We said, than for ourselves,
Who huddled, shivering,
Against the stove
All winter long.


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  • (10/30/2011 2:55:00 AM)


    I wonder if this poem had an influence on the movie 'The Day after Tomorrow'? (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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