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

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First Line: Why do I write today?
Last Line: In the same way.

Why do I write today?

The beauty of
the terrible faces
of our nonentities
stirs me to it:

colored women
day workers --
old and experienced --
returning home at dusk
in cast off clothing
faces like
old Florentine oak.


the set pieces
of your faces stir me --
leading citizens --
but not
in the same way.

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