Walter Conrad Arensberg

(1878-1954 / United States)

Voyage A L'Infini - Poem by Walter Conrad Arensberg

The swan existing
Is like a song with an accompaniment

Across the grassy lake,
Across the lake to the shadow of the willows,
It is accompanied by an image,
-- as by Debussy's
"Reflets dans l'eau".

The swan that is
Upon the solitary water -- breast to breast
With the duplicity:
"The other one!"

And breast to breast it is confused.
O visionary wedding! O stateliness of the procession!
It is accompanied by the image of itself

At night
The lake is a wide silence,
Without imagination.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 4, 2003

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