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Danse Russe

Danse Russe

by Wolf Pascoe on August 17, 2010

If I when my wife is sleeping
and the baby and Kathleen
are sleeping
and the sun is a flame-white disc
in silken mists
above shining trees,—
if I in my north room
dance naked, grotesquely
before my mirror
waving my shirt round my head
and singing softly to myself:
“I am lonely, lonely.
I was born to be lonely,
I am best so!”
If I admire my arms, my face,
my shoulders, flanks, buttocks
against the yellow drawn shades,—

Who shall say I am not
the happy genius of my household?

William Carlos Williams

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BigLittleWolf January 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I love this poem. Pleasure indeed.

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Wolf Pascoe January 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm

That WC Williams was such a zany guy …

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