by William Carlos Williams (1883 - 1963)

The Botticellian Trees
Language: English 
The alphabet of
the trees
is fading in the
song of the leaves
the crossing
bars of thin
letters that spelled
and the cold
have been illumined
pointed green—
by the rain and sun—
The strict simple
principles of
straight branches
are being modified
by pinched-out
ifs of color, devout
the smiles of love—

unit the stript
move as a woman’s
limbs under cloth
and praise from secrecy
quick with desire
love’s ascendancy
in summer—
In summer the song
sings itself
above the muffled words—


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Researcher for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2018-04-25
Line count: 32
Word count: 89