Monday, January 17, 2011

A small room above a bay window. A single bed, a table and chair, and a sink. I could manage something larger, with more conveniences, but I could never match the view.

The downstairs doorbell, followed by a knock.

(Which is it?)

I roll over, open my book.

A poem by Ezra Pound:

A PACT

I make a pact with you, Walt Whitman --
I have detested you long enough,
I come to you as a grown child
Who has a pig-headed father;
I am old enough to make friends.
It was you that broke the new wood,
Now is a time for carving.
We have one sap and one root --
Let there be commerce between us.

2 comments:

  1. Whitman in its flourished aversion of poetic form melts slowly over ice forms ill working rims on tires scraping chicago streets

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  2. Streets made safe for Carl Sandburg

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