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

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First Line: The old black-man showed me
Last Line: His old emotion.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Lust

The old black-man showed me
how he had been shocked
in his youth
by six women, dancing
a set-dance, stark naked below
the skirts raised round
their breasts:
bellies flung forward
knees flying!
-- while
his gestures, against the
tiled wall of the dingy bath-room,
swished with ecstasy to
the familiar music of
his old emotion.

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