Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TREES, by WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS



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First Line: Crooked, black tree
Last Line: In your eagerness.
Subject(s): Trees


Crooked, black tree
on your little grey-black hillock,
ridiculously raised one step toward
the infinite summits of the night:
even you the few grey stars
draw upward into a vague melody
of harsh threads.

Bent as you are from straining
against the bitter horizontals of
a north wind, -- there below you
how easily the long yellow notes
of poplars flow upward in a descending
scale, each note secure in its own
posture -- singularly woven.

All voices are blent willingly
against the heaving contra-bass
of the dark but you alone
warp yourself passionately to one side
in your eagerness.





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