Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TO WAKEN AN OLD LADY, by WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS

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TO WAKEN AN OLD LADY, by         Recitation by Author         Poet's Biography
First Line: Old age is
Last Line: Piping of plenty.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Old Age; Work; Workers

Old age is
a flight of small
cheeping birds
bare trees
above a snow glaze.
Gaining and failing
they are buffeted
by a dark wind --
But what?
On harsh weedstalks
the flock has rested,
the snow
is covered with broken
and the wind tempered
by a shrill
piping of plenty.

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