Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, KELLER GEGEN DOM, by WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS

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First Line: Witness, would you
Last Line: It strikes midnight.
Subject(s): Confessions

Witness, would you --
one more young man
in the evening of his love
hurrying to confession:
steps down a gutter
crosses a street
goes in at a doorway
opens for you --
like some great flower --
a room filled with lamplight;
or whirls himself
obediently to
the curl of a hill
some wind-dancing afternoon;
lies for you in
the futile darkness of
a wall, sets stars dancing
to the crack of a leaf --

and -- leaning his head away --
snuffs (secretly)
the bitter powder from
his thumb's hollow,
takes your blessing and
goes home to bed?

Witness instead
whether you like it or not
a dark vinegar-smelling place
from which trickles
the chuckle of
beginning laughter.

It strikes midnight.

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