William Jay Smith

(1918 / Louisiana, USA)

William Jay Smith Poems

1. A Pavane For The Nursery 10/2/2014
2. Invitation To Ground Zero 10/2/2014
3. The Garden 10/2/2014
4. Dachshunds 10/2/2014
5. The Flight 10/2/2014
6. Penguin 10/2/2014
7. Touch The Air Softly 10/2/2014
8. Butterfly 10/2/2014
9. The Floor And The Ceiling 10/2/2014
10. Mr. Smith 1/20/2003
11. Polar Bear 10/2/2014
12. The Toaster 10/2/2014
13. Seal 10/2/2014
14. The World Below The Window 1/20/2003
15. American Primitive 1/20/2003
16. Winter Morning 1/20/2003

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Winter Morning

All night the wind swept over the house
And through our dream
Swirling the snow up through the pines,
Ruffling the white, ice-capped clapboards,
Rattling the windows,
Rustling around and below our bed
So that we rode
Over wild water
In a white ship breasting the waves.
We rode through the night
On green, marbled
Water, and, half-waking, watched
The white, eroded peaks of icebergs
Sail past our windows;
Rode out the night in that north country,
And awoke, the house buried in snow,
Perched on a
Chill promontory, a
Giant's tooth
In the ...

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Polar Bear

The Polar Bear never makes his bed;
He sleeps on a cake of ice instead.
He has no blanket, no quilt, no sheet
Except the rain and snow and sleet.
He drifts about on a white ice floe
While cold winds howl and blizzards blow
And the temperature drops to forty below.
The Polar Bear never makes his bed;
The blanket he pulls up over his head

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