Richard Wilbur

(March 1, 1921)

Richard Wilbur Poems

41. The Beautiful Changes 7/3/2003
42. A Fire-Truck 1/13/2003
43. Juggler 7/3/2003
44. Love Calls Us To The Things Of This World 1/13/2003
45. The Writer 1/3/2003
46. Boy At The Window 1/3/2003
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Boy At The Window

Seeing the snowman standing all alone
In dusk and cold is more than he can bear.
The small boy weeps to hear the wind prepare
A night of gnashings and enormous moan.
His tearful sight can hardly reach to where
The pale-faced figure with bitumen eyes
Returns him such a God-forsaken stare
As outcast Adam gave to paradise.

The man of snow is, nonetheless, content,
Having no wish to go inside and die.
Still, he is moved to see the youngster cry.
Though frozen water is his element,
He melts enough to drop from one soft eye
A trickle of the purest rain, a ...

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A Hole In The Floor

for Rene Magritte

The carpenter's made a hole
In the parlor floor, and I'm standing
Staring down into it now
At four o'clock in the evening,
As Schliemann stood when his shovel
Knocked on the crowns of Troy.

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