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7.23: Williams, William Carlos. Selected poems (1913-1923).

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    The Young Housewife (1916)

    At ten A.M. the young housewife
    moves about in negligee behind
    the wooden walls of her husband's house.
    I pass solitary in my car.

    Then again she comes to the curb
    to call the ice-man, fish-man, and stands
    shy, uncorseted, tucking in
    stray ends of hair, and I compare her
    to a fallen leaf.

    The noiseless wheels of my car
    rush with a crackling sound over
    dried leaves as I bow and pass smiling.

    The Red Wheelbarrow (1923)

    So much depends
    upon

    a red wheel
    barrow

    glazed with rain
    water

    beside the white
    chickens

    Epitaph (1921)

    An old willow with hollow branches
    slowly swayed his few high bright tendrils
    and sang:

    Love is a young green willow
    shimmering at the bare wood's edge.


    7.23: Williams, William Carlos. Selected poems (1913-1923). is shared under a CC BY-NC license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Heather Ringo & Athena Kashyap.