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Reznikoff, Charles    Poet's Biography
660 poems available by this author


A DESERTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Their new landlord was a handsome man. On his rounds to collect rent she became friendly
Subject(s): Desertion & Nonsupport; Jealousy; Fathers & Daughters; Suicide


A SHORT HISTORY OF ISRAEL; NOTES AND GLOSSES: 11    Poem Text    
First Line: A hundred generations, yes, a hundred and twenty-five
Subject(s): Israel


A SON WITH A FUTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: When he was four years old, he stood at the window during a
Subject(s): Sons; Conduct Of Life; Death; Dead, The


APHRODITE VRANIA       
Last Line: The ceaseless weaving of the uneven water


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD       
First Line: I like the streets of new york city, where I was born
Last Line: Your spears %have begun to flower, too!


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 1)       
First Line: A street of strange trees
Last Line: Skips about the lawns %how jauntily it rides a palm leaf here!


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 10)       
First Line: I look at the opaque red of the passion-flower coldly
Last Line: Native to the soil and sun - %a bright democracy, a company yet each alone


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 11)       
First Line: The bush beneath my window has grown
Last Line: Neither food nor a fee %nor even that I look at you


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 12)       
First Line: It has been raining for three days
Last Line: But the gilt has been washed from the sky: %we see the iron world
Variant Title(s): Rainy Seaso


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 13)       
First Line: The cold wind and black fog and the noise of the sea


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 14)       
First Line: An actress %powdered yellow for the camera
Last Line: The mexican has finished playing; %he lifts his guitar and kisses it


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 15)       
First Line: The paths are deserted as always
Last Line: Must it be diluted %with alcohol, conversation, and music?


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 16)       
First Line: The greeks would have made a myth about you, my fine girl
Last Line: From branch to branch %after the indifferent passer-by


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 17)       
First Line: These gentlemen are great; they are paid
Last Line: To teach me that you are great? %I nevr doubted it until now


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 18)       
First Line: The flies are %flying about
Last Line: I, too, am learning how to be silent, %and have learnt long ago how to be alone


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 19)       
First Line: In the thick fog
Last Line: No, these are not street-lamps %to light the way for me


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 2)       
First Line: I wish that they were with me here
Last Line: Horrified and compassionate, %stood bravely watching


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 20)       
First Line: At twilight, twenty years or so ago
Last Line: To chirp a while - plesanter company. %surely, I am not unblessed of god


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 21)       
First Line: I never thought that I should knock
Last Line: Will suddenly, as it has, fly all to pieces %for us - just us


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 22)       
First Line: I will not question the sunshine
Last Line: An earthquake will tumble a wall upon our heads %or a thorn scratch a finger and we shall die


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 23)       
First Line: The cloudy afternoon is as pleasant
Last Line: I had grown tired of walking, %yes, even of the sunshine


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 24)       
First Line: I will take off my coat and tie; unbotton
Last Line: But the brass knob of the closed door shines - %ready for use


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 25)       
First Line: I would be the rock
Last Line: And am both and neither - %being flesh


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 26)       
First Line: In the discipline I set myself
Last Line: Abstinence, reticence, diligence - %hunger, silence, and sweat


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 27)       
First Line: Strangers would say %these flowers have no fragrance
Last Line: In a land of sunshine - %among flowers?


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 3)       
First Line: I like this secret walking
Last Line: A rod away - %and only the narrow present is alive


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 4)       
First Line: I like this walk in the morning
Last Line: And if they order me about, %I do not have to obey


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 5)       
First Line: Shining on grass and flowers
Last Line: At this man %plodding along talking to himself?


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 6)       
First Line: These plants %which once halted the traveller
Last Line: Have become ornaments %to guard beds of flowers


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 7)       
First Line: In the picture, %a turbaned man and woman seated in garden
Last Line: Yet both picture and blossoming tree %have lived through time and tide


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 8)       
First Line: A clear morning %and another - yet another
Last Line: Your spears %have begun to flower, too!


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: HOLLYWOOD (3 - 9)       
First Line: The grass is high beside the asphalt
Last Line: This is a sidewalk %made by a man for men


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK    Poem Text    
First Line: It is not to be bought for a penny
Last Line: And along the streets of los angeles
Subject(s): New York City; Social Commentaries


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 1)       
First Line: It is not to be bought for a penny
Last Line: Cucumbers and melons, %you should have stayed in egypt


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 10)       
First Line: I do not believe that david killd goliath
Last Line: I will fight in my own way %with a couple of pebbles and a sling
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 11)       
First Line: Shall I go there?' 'as you like
Last Line: Thinking of this, sunned myself %and, for the moment, was content


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 12)       
First Line: There is nobody in the street
Last Line: Alone in my unimportance %to do as I like


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 13)       
First Line: Your angry words - each false name
Last Line: They are no part of me, which I keep; %but the way I go, and over which I flow


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 14)       
First Line: In a cloud bones of steel


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 15)       
First Line: This pavement barren %as the mountain
Last Line: Shining against my legs %the bumper of a motor car


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 16)       
First Line: A beggar stretches out his hand
Last Line: Stealing its warmth for his fingr tips


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 17)       
First Line: The elevator man, working long hours
Last Line: To be so heroic %he wears a uniform


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 18)       
First Line: This subway station %with its electric lights, pillars of
Last Line: But, look! On this wall %a primitive drawing


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 19)       
First Line: People moving, people standing still, crowds
Last Line: And upstairs, in the street, %the sun is shining as it shines in june


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 2)       
First Line: I am alone - %and glad to be alone
Last Line: In the little mirrors of the slot-machines %before the closed stores


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 20)       
First Line: There is anguish there, certainly
Last Line: Now male and female, %come again to worship in a stable


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 21)       
First Line: The white cat on the lawn
Last Line: An atheist? %why, this might be the god bacchus!


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 22)       
First Line: The bearded rag-picker
Last Line: Tells us it is six, %and would persuade us that the night is spent


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 23)       
First Line: Men and women with open books before them
Last Line: Merely for warmth %not light


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 24)       
First Line: A row of tenements, windows boarded up
Last Line: Tell us %the way, please


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 25)       
First Line: The young fellow walks about
Last Line: A stranger he has just met; hesitates; %and offers me a cigarette


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 26)       
First Line: I am always surprised to met, after ten or twenty years
Last Line: There is a father in heaven, %after all?


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 27)       
First Line: On a sunday, when the place was closed
Last Line: Who crowd this expensive tea-room, %you must not think that you alone are blessed of god
Variant Title(s): On A Sunda


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 28)       
First Line: A fine fellow, trotting easily without a sound
Last Line: And left the road to the automobiles and me - %to the heels and wheels of the citizens


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 29)       
First Line: The sun sinks %through the grey heavens
Last Line: A stooping negress walking slowly %through the slowly falling snow


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 3)       
First Line: Walking along the highway
Last Line: And I am just a fool %to be loitering here alone


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 30)       
First Line: In your warm room
Last Line: And huddle on top, %facing east, away from the wind


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 31)       
First Line: The sky is cloudy
Last Line: Empty your heart of thoughts, %your mind of dreams


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 32)       
First Line: The leaves are solid
Last Line: Until these two, %his arm about her waist


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 33)       
First Line: Stream that a month ago
Last Line: In the trash-basket, %in the trash-basket


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 34)       
First Line: Holding the stem of the
Last Line: As if it were still %a rose


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 35)       
First Line: The train leaves new york - leaves the tunnel: yesterday's
Last Line: Single lights; many lights; lights along highways, lights along streets, %and along the streets of l


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 4)       
First Line: I like the sound of the street
Last Line: Beside an open window %and behind a closed door


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 5)       
First Line: Winter is here indeed; the leaves have long been swept
Last Line: But the troubles of the unsuccessful middle-aged %are so uninteresting!


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 6)       
First Line: Now it is cold: where the snow was melting
Last Line: To the pigeons %in the snow


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 7)       
First Line: The ropes in the wind
Last Line: Because the street-lamp has been broken %and it is cold and late


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 8)       
First Line: Bright upon the table
Last Line: They say politely, %this is you!


AUTOBIOGRAPHY: NEW YORK (2 - 9)       
First Line: I am afraid %because of the foolishness
Last Line: And cure myself %in the sunshine and wind


BEGGAR WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was four years old my mother led me to the park.
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Begging & Beggars


BODY IS LIKE ROOTS STRETCHING       
Last Line: Which joshua could command but for an hour


BODY IS LIKE ROOTS STRETCHING DOWN INTO THE EARTH       


BUILDING BOOM    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The avenue of willows leads nowhere
Last Line: Their beauty cannot save them
Subject(s): Buildings & Builders; Deforestation


BUILDING BOOM       
First Line: The avenue of willows leads nowhere
Last Line: Surely the tide comes in twice a day
Subject(s): Hebrew Literature


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 1)       
First Line: My grandfather, dead long before I was born
Last Line: Still speaks through me %as mine


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 10)       
First Line: The horse that draws a cab through the park
Last Line: Pecking away at the oats he scatters as they are at his active hoof


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 11)       
First Line: You must not suppose
Last Line: Are happy: I have heard the gulls screaming %from the reservoir in central park


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 12)       
First Line: The dying gull %alone on a rock
Last Line: Now and then - %with a sharp cry
Subject(s): Birds; Death - Animals; Gulls


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 13)       
First Line: The sparrow with its beak taps the bettle
Last Line: And it begins to buzz loudly %as if the bird has set off an alarm-clock


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 14)       
First Line: Horsefly, %on the window of the automobile agency
Last Line: You're out of business now


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 15)       
First Line: Ah, the drill %breaking open the pavement
Last Line: This is the nightingale %that sings in our streets


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 16)       
First Line: A grove of small trees, branches thick with berries
Last Line: For want of leaves %are hung with paper - strips of dirty paper


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 17)       
First Line: Too early in the morning
Last Line: But a young man %badly in need of a shave


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 18)       
First Line: At the zoo, the camel and zebra are quarreling
Last Line: Through the bars between them. %of course, they come from different continents


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 19)       
First Line: The flowers of the garland at the base of the statue
Last Line: Time has written its epilogue %to the inscription


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 2)       
First Line: My grandmother in her old age
Last Line: More carefully %than I must minutes


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 20)       
First Line: The face of the old woman
Last Line: But, sitting alone on a park bench, %at whom is she screaming?


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 21)       
First Line: The beggar who has been sitting and sleeping
Last Line: Feeding with crumbs the pigeons and sparrows %in a broad circle about her


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 22)       
First Line: This puerto rican - just an ordinary laborer
Last Line: Swinging his rake %like a cane!


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 23)       
First Line: The park is growing dark and quiet
Last Line: Here and there, near a light %leaves and lawn are gren again


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 24)       
First Line: The plebian leaves of the trees
Last Line: But what are you doing here, %rose petals?


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 25)       
First Line: In the blaze of sunshine
Last Line: In the tailorshop on the corner, %the white steam rising into his face


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 26)       
First Line: The autumn rains have begun
Last Line: The lonely walker hears %only the swift motor-cars


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 27)       
First Line: A row of brownstone buildings
Last Line: Excuse me, sir, %are you father time?


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 28)       
First Line: Many fair hours have been buried here
Last Line: To spring up again as flowers - %on hats
Variant Title(s): Millinery Distric


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 3)       
First Line: Whenevr my sister used to practice
Last Line: Did not heaar; and I am reminded of a hindu saying: %a work of art has many faces


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 30)       
First Line: In the subway car all are reading intently
Last Line: Deep in thought - %doing a cross-word puzzle


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 31)       
First Line: Do not underestimate the value of an education
Last Line: How else could one scribble %this on a wall?


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 32)       
First Line: The princess %on the way to the guillotine
Last Line: Saw a stain on her gown %and was annoyed


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 33)       
First Line: White, bloodless face, red eyes
Last Line: And tight bitter mouth


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 34)       
First Line: In the lobby of one of the best hotels
Last Line: Look like dolls %and he the only living creature


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 35)       
First Line: The rabbi would read off the names of the congregation he used
Last Line: That he was still alive - feeble in body and feebler still in mind


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 36)       
First Line: The invitation read: not to mourn
Last Line: And yet, even as he read, %he began to cry
Subject(s): Mourning


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 37)       
First Line: In my dream, %long dead, he stood in front of me
Last Line: That led into other rooms - %all with open doors


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 38)       
First Line: Waiting to cross the avenue
Last Line: With that we both smiled wryly, %gave our names and parted


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 39)       
First Line: A god could have brought the body of hector back
Last Line: She would hand him his spear hen he missed %but he had to throw it again


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 4)       
First Line: The windows opened on blank walls
Last Line: How even, mild, and wonderful the light - %just sunlight


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 40)       
First Line: The victorious greeks before troy, according to homer
Last Line: Reproach ourselves %about our hurry?


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 41)       
First Line: When the prophet of the greeks, kalchas
Last Line: Was killed on his way back from beth-el. %is it possible that he was killed by a captain of the king


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 42)       
First Line: To see a god plain
Last Line: Could catch no more than a glimpse of him %as he turned away


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 43)       
First Line: Three clouds - %steps %leading into the blue sky
Last Line: There are no angels, ascending and descending, %upon it now


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 44)       
First Line: Fireworks against the evening sky
Last Line: Are pretty and even dramatic: %but I prefer the crescent moon and evening star


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 45)       
First Line: Indifferent as a statue
Last Line: Words like drops of water on a stove - %a hiss and gone
Variant Title(s): Simile


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 46)       
First Line: You understand the myths of the aztecs
Last Line: Would have pried from your witty mouth %your golden teeth


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 47)       
First Line: Malicious but polite %she said the usual things against jews
Last Line: That polishes %the facets of my jewishness


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 48)       
First Line: You would crack my bones
Last Line: Ah, these little animals: %what a waste of my time!


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 49)       
First Line: The man who planned the bridge
Last Line: He died %but the ferryboats, too, are gone


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 5)       
First Line: The birds sing %in the spring woods
Last Line: I see that nature, too, %can use an efficiency engineer


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 51)       
First Line: Not the five feet of water to your chin
Last Line: But the inch above the tip of your nose
Variant Title(s): Epitap


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 52)       
First Line: Give me the strength
Last Line: To dance before your ark %as king david did


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 53)       
First Line: Blessed %in the light of the sun and at the sight of world
Last Line: And my knowledge slight though it is %and my life brief though it was


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 6)       
First Line: Please do not underestimate the starling
Last Line: And has taken over some of the handsomest houses of the city%to roost on


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 7)       
First Line: The blue jay is beautiful
Last Line: As it flies from branch - to branch - %but it cries!


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 8)       
First Line: The pigeon saunters along the path
Last Line: Not only athena's owl %knows the history of man


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (1 - 9)       
First Line: The cat behind the windowpane
Last Line: At the pigeons walking about on the laws. %dreams, idle dreams


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 1)       
First Line: Leaving the beach on a sunday in a streetcar
Last Line: The corners of her mouth far down and her eyes, %bright and dry, looking sharply through her glasses


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 10)       
First Line: The new janitor is a puerto rican
Last Line: As one might look at a photograph of one's mother %long dead


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 11)       
First Line: The chinese girl in the waiting room of the busy railway station
Last Line: Stylized into squares: %she is planting a small private garden


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 12)       
First Line: Four sailors on the bus, dressed in blue denim shirts
Last Line: From a bush he is passing %and giving them to the girl beside him


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 13)       
First Line: Most of the stock in the hardware store
Last Line: Straw by precious straw, %he is building himself a home


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 14)       
First Line: The dark subway-station was almost empty at a little after ten
Last Line: Hoping that the negro with his disturbance %would not enter the brightly-lit car


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 15)       
First Line: Two men were seated near me in a bus
Last Line: In the best of american with not a trace of a foreign accent: %'she's a little cracked, isn't she?'


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 16)       
First Line: A husky red-faced young fellow
Last Line: Became grim and sad, %particularly the jews


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 17)       
First Line: It was a pleasant restaurant
Last Line: Talking against them in the best of tempers %with smiling faces and cheerful well-bred voices


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 18)       
First Line: I saw him walking along slowly at night
Last Line: No nazi death-camp in germany? %how can you still go about so calmly?


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 19)       
First Line: We have a print of marc chagall's picture of a green-faced jew
Last Line: But crack ran over the word 'hai' %but the cracked glass held in the frame


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 2)       
First Line: The fat italian restaurant-keeper and his wife with big
Last Line: His wrinkled face pink and malicious, %lowerd his head to hide a smile


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 20)       
First Line: I was wearing a belt buckle
Last Line: Perhaps,' my friend answerred gently, %'he wore it because it was a gift.'


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 21)       
First Line: I sat at home writing, using up my savings
Last Line: When I did hear the radio again with its cheap music, %it no longer bothered me at all


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 22)       
First Line: I finally found a berth with a firm publishing law books
Last Line: A childish lie, %although I tried to persuade myself there was some truth in it


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 23)       
First Line: When I was beginning to go to school
Last Line: He just did not feel like meeting anyone %or even talking


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 24)       
First Line: Every now and then I buy a german newspaper
Last Line: She was 'lucky' to be that, %no matter what the pay and how easy the job!


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 25)       
First Line: I was walking along forty-second street as night was falling
Last Line: And just then the greaat clock on top of a building across the park %began to shine


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 26)       
First Line: The nurse who had been working all night
Last Line: No longer the proud carriage of head and body %with which she entered the bus - and life


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 27)       
First Line: A sign on a store window: no fancy name - just mrs. Smith's
Last Line: But I have no time to dilly-dally; %I am old and alone


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 28)       
First Line: During the second world war, I was going home one night
Last Line: He took the bag of apples from my hands again %and took out one of the smalaler apples and put in a


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 29)       
First Line: In the street, nine stories below, the horn of an automobile
Last Line: Like ducks on a stream, into the cool silence, %and talked again quietly, smiling at each other


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 3)       
First Line: Would I write a letter for him?
Last Line: I thought of a plain bird with only two or three notes %piping away on a tree in winter


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 30)       
First Line: When I reached the park, the fog
Last Line: I walked on, hearing no one and meeting no one, %tense as a wild animal in a cage


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 31)       
First Line: A cold wind was blowing down the street in gusts
Last Line: And only the tired walker knew %how often it rose into the teeth of the wind


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 32)       
First Line: The hillside facing the river was much used by the citizens last
Last Line: Has come fluttering out of the sunshine %to admire them, too


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 33)       
First Line: It was after midnight before I got into bed
Last Line: Looking at it I forgot myself %and fell into a deep and untroubled sleep


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 4)       
First Line: The cook in a little italian restaurant
Last Line: You talk to me but when they are here - %you are quiet


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 5)       
First Line: The experienced waitress was impatient
Last Line: Honey chile,' they were saying and grinning to each other. %'honey chile!'


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 6)       
First Line: The beggar was making his rounds
Last Line: It was the beggar, %and he walked on before I could even thank him


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 7)       
First Line: The highway I was walking on
Last Line: As fast as he could go %bolting over the sand hills


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 8)       
First Line: When I came for my laundry, I found a shirt missing
Last Line: Smiled and spoke up in yiddish, %'we won't have to go to the rabbi about it, will we?'


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (2 - 9)       
First Line: In my neighborhood there is a small congregation of puerto
Last Line: And above it, in the pane above, is the star %with the cracks in the glass for rays


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (3 - 1)       
First Line: My mother and I were going to the park
Last Line: Guilty and ashamed, %unworthy to be trusted among the splendors of the park


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (3 - 10)       
First Line: My grandmother could not get along
Last Line: That all our love for it and our praise %was not unmerited


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (3 - 11)       
First Line: The house in which we now lived was old
Last Line: And stood up, embarassed, %as I looked at her and smiled


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (3 - 12)       
First Line: I still went to school in brooklyn
Last Line: I was no longer carefree at school: %the ice on which I walked seemed to me everywhere thin


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (3 - 13)       
First Line: There was a small settlement-house near where we lived
Last Line: And I turned slowly %and stood at a distance waiting for the train


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (3 - 14)       
First Line: My father bought a house near brownsville
Last Line: To say that so trivial a matter %should not come between a poet and a philosopher


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (3 - 15)       
First Line: I went to my grandfather's to say good-bye
Last Line: For it is not easy to be a jew or, perhaps, a man - %doomed by his ignorance to stumble and blunder
Subject(s): Jews


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (3 - 16)       
First Line: I now went to law school in the evening
Last Line: To write. My bulky lawbooks had become, over night, %too heavy to lift and the cases palaver


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (3 - 17)       
First Line: I had been bothered by a secret weariness
Last Line: When they moved, the press was dismantled, %coated with oil,stored, and finally sold - and lost
Variant Title(s): From Early History Of A Write


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (3 - 18)       
First Line: During the first world war, I was back in law school
Last Line: Raucously, %as the lights of the city began to shine


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (3 - 19)       
First Line: I now set myself to finishing anothr booklet
Last Line: So trivial did all my troubles seem %after what I hadjust lived through on the stage


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (3 - 2)       
First Line: When a child of four or five
Last Line: I would lean back in the chair %to wait patiently for the next car


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (3 - 20)       
First Line: The rest is like the manna of the israelites
Last Line: Made a great heap %but did not outlast the day


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (3 - 3)       
First Line: The game was to walk - run if you dared
Last Line: We ran along the curb, %eager to be back before the familiar doors


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (3 - 4)       
First Line: On election night, %there was a great bonfire in the street
Last Line: In which were scattered hundreds of blackened nails of all kinds - %blunted and good only to kick at


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (3 - 5)       
First Line: We had just moved again
Last Line: Which, time and again, %almost knocked me down?


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (3 - 6)       
First Line: Next to the house in which we now lived was a stable
Last Line: Yes, that humor, learning and discipline %were quenched in a casual wave


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (3 - 7)       
First Line: I had been given a box of water colors
Last Line: And even their impertinence, %and the rude fellowship of boys


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (3 - 8)       
First Line: My father's parents were a strange pair
Last Line: With two open beaks, %from which my father and mother and so many others had fled


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (3 - 9)       
First Line: The bright boys of the east side
Last Line: And only found it again, after many years, %among my mother's treasures


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING (COMPLETE)       
First Line: The fish has too many bones
Last Line: But did not outlast the day
Variant Title(s): The Old Me


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING: 12    Poem Text    
First Line: The dying gull / alone on a rock
Last Line: With a sharp cry
Subject(s): Gulls


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING: 15    Poem Text    
First Line: I went to my grandfather's to say good-bye
Last Line: Doomed by his ignorance to stumble and blunder
Subject(s): Grandparents; Jews; Farewell


BY THE WELL OF LIVING AND SEEING: 36    Poem Text    
First Line: The invitation read: not to mourn
Last Line: He began to cry
Subject(s): Mourning


DEERFIELD: 1703    Poem Text    
First Line: Before the break of day the minister was awakened
Subject(s): Deerfield, Massachusetts; Native Americans; Massacres; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


DEPRESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: So proudly she came into the subway car
Subject(s): Unemployment; Disappointment; Poverty; Indifference; Depressions, Economic; Recessions


DEW       
First Line: Let other people come as streams
Last Line: The tellers will be jews amd their speech hebrew


DOMESTIC SCENES    Poem Text    
First Line: It was nearly daylight when she gave birth to the child,
Subject(s): Family Life; Stillbirth; Marriage; Death; Fights; Murder; Poisons & Poisoning; Relatives; Death - Childbirth; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Dead, The


DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: During the second world war, I was going home one night
Subject(s): World War Ii; Sons; Survival; Thanksgiving; Second World War


EPIDEMIC       
Last Line: Streamers of crepe idling before doors


EPITAPHS: 1       
First Line: Drowning %I felt for a moment reaching towards me
Last Line: Finger tips against mine


EPITAPHS: 2       
First Line: You mice
Last Line: That ate the crumbs of my freedom %lo!


EPITAPHS: 3       
First Line: The clock strikes
Last Line: These are the steps of our departure


EPITAPHS: 4       
First Line: A brown oak leaf
Last Line: Scraping the sidewalk %frightened me


EPITAPHS: 5       
First Line: Proserpine %swallowed only six seeds
Last Line: I was a glutton


FIFTH BOOK OF THE MACCABEES (1)       
First Line: Along the wall of the courtyard
Last Line: O my soul, %you have trodden down strength!


FIFTH BOOK OF THE MACCABEES (2)       
First Line: Her nose was small and straight and her eyes blue
Last Line: In ringlets; %and little golden bells were about her ankles


FIFTH BOOK OF THE MACCABEES (3)       
First Line: With stony faces and naked swords
Last Line: He who did not see this %never saw true rejoicing


FIFTH BOOK OF THE MACCABEES (4)       
First Line: Above, in the gardens of the king
Last Line: Gathered in a hollow %out of the cold wind


FIFTH BOOK OF THE MACCABEES (5)       
First Line: Many quoted the psalm: weeping may lodge for a night
Last Line: From which the horse of a mede %will not be eating straw


FIFTH BOOK OF THE MACCABEES (6)       
First Line: Then the legions marched away from jerusalem
Last Line: O my soul, %you have trodden down strength!


FIFTH GROUP OF VERSE: 9. DAVID    Poem Text    
First Line: The shadow that does not leave my feet
Last Line: And the sparrow follows mit gracefully
Subject(s): Sparrows; Beetles; Death


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (1)       
First Line: I charge you, lips and teeth
Last Line: Keep watch upon my tongue: %silence is legal tender everywhere


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (10)       
First Line: I know a little about bushes and trees
Last Line: When I think of my life as snarled. %was not knowledge first on trees?


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (11)       
First Line: A star rides the twilight now
Last Line: All heaven to itself


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (12)       
First Line: The curved leaves of the little tree are shining
Last Line: They settle down upon a roof; %the children shout, the owner swings his bamboo


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (13)       
First Line: The avenue of willows leads nowhere
Last Line: And will be cut down; %their beauty cannot save them


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (14)       
First Line: How difficult for me is hebrew
Last Line: Even the hebrew for mother, for bread, for sun %is foreign. How far have I been exiled, zion


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (15)       
First Line: I have learnt the hebrew blessing before eating bread
Last Line: Is there no blessing before reading hebrew?


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (16)       
First Line: My thoughts have become like the ancient hebrew
Last Line: In two tenss only, past and future - %I was and I shall be with you


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (17)       
First Line: God saw adam in a town
Last Line: There is no furniture for a room %like a beautiful woman


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (18)       
First Line: The wun shone into the bare, wet tree
Last Line: It became a pyramid of criss-cross lights, %and in each corner the light nested


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (19)       
First Line: After I had worked all day at what I earn my living
Last Line: And slowly my strength came back to me. %surely, the tide comes in twice a day


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (2)       
First Line: I have a quarrel with the clock
Last Line: Sun, of all that lived god has only listened to joshua, %howshall I hope that he will listen to me?


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (20)       
First Line: All day I am before the altar
Last Line: Content, I serve the land, %whoever lives here and whoever p sses


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (3 - 1)       
First Line: Margaret. I have never regretted that my father gamed away
Last Line: In lies. %margaret. In love!


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (3 - 2)       
First Line: Margaret to farquhar who has become consumptive
Last Line: That we should be togethr once again - %oh, that would be too lucky for the like of me!


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (4 - 1)       
First Line: The music within the house is loud, the dancing swift
Last Line: The second woman. She worked hard; now she eats the %fruit of it


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (4 - 2)       
First Line: A woman. Who's dead?
Last Line: The first woman. What a heavy tread on the stairs! ... %theyare bringing down the coffin


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (4 - 3)       
First Line: A woman. He is marrying again
Last Line: Sees her dead daughter and begins to cry - %the children have had enough of sorrow


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (4 - 4)       
First Line: A woman. Who's dead?
Last Line: The first woman. Do you live on this block? Who's dead? %another. A young woman. She died in childbe


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (4 - 5)       
First Line: The mother of the dead women. I had this lump of lead
Last Line: But my blood when younger %could warm it into tears


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (4 - 6)       
First Line: A woman to another. If their mother lived
Last Line: If at least home - %but their home!


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (5)       
First Line: The asphalt winds in and out
Last Line: The grass is brightly green; %but all these lights do not warm the wind


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (6)       
First Line: No one is on the lawn so early but the birds
Last Line: Sparrows and robins pecking at the seeds %the wind has blownhere; the wind itself is gone


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (7)       
First Line: How miserly this bush is
Last Line: Holding on to your little copper leaves? %have you no faith in spring?


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (8)       
First Line: From the fog a gull flies slowly
Last Line: And is lost in fog. The buildings are only clouds


FIVE GROUPS OF VERSE (9)       
First Line: The shadow that does not leave my feet
Last Line: I seem to walk but I dance about, %you think me wilent but I shout
Variant Title(s): Davi
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


GHETTO FUNERAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Followed by his lodge, shabby men stumbling over the cobblestones,
Subject(s): Funerals; Burials


HEBREW OF YOUR POETS, ZION       
Last Line: None are like you, shulamite


HIS FATHER CARVED UMBRELLA HANDLES    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Ghettos; Teaching & Teachers; Family Life; Poverty; Despair; Educators; Professors; Relatives


HIS MOTHER STERPPED ABOUT HER KITCHEN    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Family Life; Jews; Friendship; Bullies; Jobs; Relatives; Judaism


HOLOCAUST, SELECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Jews from holland, france, and hungary, and later from greece
Last Line: And there were two pyres of bodies burning all the time
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Concentration Camps


HOLOCAUST, SELS       
First Line: When the second world war began
Last Line: He was gone in the woods
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews


HOLOCAUST, SELS       
First Line: Once, among the transports, was one with children - two freight cars full
Last Line: And then the child who had been so gay %burst into tears
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews


HOLOCAUST, SELS       
First Line: Jews from holland, france, and hungary, and later from greece
Last Line: And there were two pyres of bodies burning all the time
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews


HOLOCAUST: 7. WORK CAMPS: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: When the second world war began
Last Line: Next morning they were taken to the gas chambers
Subject(s): Camps


HOLOCAUST: 8. CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: Once, among the transports, was one with children - two freight cars full
Last Line: Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945); children;
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Children


HOW DIFFICULT FOR ME IS HEBREW       
Last Line: Is foreign. How far have I been exiled, zion


I SAW HIM WALKING ALONE SLOWLY AT NIGHT    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Jews; Youth; Courage; Judaism; Valor; Bravery


I WILL GO INTO THE GHETTO       


IN MEMORIAM: 1933 (1. SAMARIA FALLEN: 722 B.C.E.)       
First Line: The sentry. Samaria is fallen, king and princes of judah!
Last Line: That lies, blackened with smoke and blood, fallen from his %throne


IN MEMORIAM: 1933 (2. BABYLON: 539 B.C.E.)       
First Line: An elder. Our fathers were saved from the deaths
Last Line: Trodden under foot today %and here tomorrow morning


IN MEMORIAM: 1933 (3. THE ACADEMY AT JAMNIA: ANNO 70)       
First Line: A rabbi. When I was a boy, sent a captive to rome
Last Line: Only a school %will float our cargo


IN MEMORIAM: 1933 (4. THE SYNAGOGUE DEFEATED: ANNO 1096)       
First Line: The monk. A thousand, yes, more than a thousand, years
Last Line: Your blood shall grow for us %between the cobblestones of our streets


IN MEMORIAM: 1933 (5. SPAIN: ANNO 1492)       
First Line: Torquemada. Now that castile and aragon in holy wedlock
Last Line: As we flourished, %giving shade and fruit


IN MEMORIAM: 1933 (6. POLAND: ANNO 1700)       
First Line: An old jew. There we were throughout poland
Last Line: Now swiftly, %towards night and towards noon


IN MEMORIAM: 1933 (7. RUSSIA: ANNO 1905)    Poem Text    
First Line: A young jew. The weed of their hatred
Subject(s): Jews; Russia; Anti-semitism; Judaism; Soviet Union; Russians


IN MEMORIAM: 1933 (7. RUSSIA: ANNO 1905)       
First Line: A young jew. The weed of their hatred
Last Line: Raining its sound %from the wide sky
Subject(s): Jews; Russia


IN THE SHOP, SHE, HER MOTHER, AND GRANDMOTHER       
Last Line: Or women reading, a glow on resting hands


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (1)       
First Line: Where is that mountain of which we read in the bible
Last Line: And out of those who met only with hate, %a people of love, a compassionate people


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (10)       
First Line: The golden sun hangs in the shining mist
Last Line: I will be adam in his paradise this hour %and never think of ploughing


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (11)       
First Line: Put it down in your ledger
Last Line: On the bright water; %snow on the yellow branches of th sycamore


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (12)       
First Line: Hardly a breaath of wind
Last Line: Where the fugatives %are only birds and leaves


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (13 - 1)       
First Line: The solid houses in the mist
Last Line: As the servants %you have inherited


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (13 - 2)       
First Line: The great giver has ended his disposing
Last Line: I rejoice, a mote in your world, %a spark in your seeing


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (13 - 3)       
First Line: This was a season of our fathers' joy
Last Line: But I remembr how slowly I have learnt, how little, %how fast the year went by, the years - how few


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (13 - 4)       
First Line: The swollen dead fish float on the water
Last Line: Not by might nor by power %but by your spirit, lord


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (14)       
First Line: My heart in the east
Last Line: But, dreaming of the end of their captivity, %I am like a harp for your songs


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (15)       
First Line: Because I saw the desolation of zion
Last Line: Image of man %may live


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (16)       
First Line: The lamps are burning in the synagogue
Last Line: In the morning, afternoon, and evening %be at ease in zion


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (17)       
First Line: This I light for you
Last Line: Shining like a star that has %crumbled out of heaven


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (18)       
First Line: A shadow on the bright sidewalk
Last Line: I know that they shriek only to themselves. %the stars in their courses did not fight for us


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (19)       
First Line: I died last week, last year
Last Line: Because I died. The fault, the weaknes, %was mine, of course. Mine alone


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (2)       
First Line: The indian of peru, I think
Last Line: May be able %to see the day through


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (20)       
First Line: As I was wandering with my unhappy thoughts
Last Line: It is,' he answered. 'this is the sun that shone on adam once; %the very wind that blew upon him, to


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (21)       
First Line: I have neither the time nor the weaving skill, perhaps
Last Line: How brilliant a green the grass is, %how blinding white the snow


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (22)       
First Line: Not because of victories
Last Line: Not for a seat upon the dais %but at the common table
Variant Title(s): Te Deu
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (23)       
First Line: Salmon and red wine
Last Line: To ride and outlast %the winter's blast
Variant Title(s): Raisins And Nut


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (24)       
First Line: Scrap of paper %blown about the street
Last Line: You would like to be cherished, I suppose, %like a bank-note


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (25)       
First Line: A well-phrased eulogy, a low-pitched dirge
Last Line: I see that from the rude young man you were %you have gone far


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (26)       
First Line: I know you did not approve of the struggle at all
Last Line: Now stay if you liike %but, if you want to, go


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (27)       
First Line: Again cool windy days
Last Line: And see mankind - %only through a windowpane


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (28)       
First Line: It had been snowing at night
Last Line: The room lighter; %morning came - almost at noon


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (29)       
First Line: Now on our way through the park one meets
Last Line: A soothsayer might read a message in their flight %and I can spell a good omen, too


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (3)       
First Line: One of my sentinels, a tree
Last Line: The summer is over - %forever


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (30)       
First Line: Here where the bushes are beginning to bud
Last Line: No, no, my friend, it is only adam, %too old to plough and cain and abel dead


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (31)       
First Line: This added kindnes: %as when, revisiting a grove
Last Line: For the symmetry of trunk and twigs, %we find the trees in flower


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (32)       
First Line: After the rain that fell all of last night
Last Line: In spite of the big book in the crook of his arm %and two fingers raised in blesing


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (33)       
First Line: The park is green and quiet
Last Line: I know them, %although they look like starlings


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (34)       
First Line: Blue flowers in the hot sun
Last Line: Nose to the ground, %busy about his own affairs


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (35)       
First Line: Another generation of leaves is lying
Last Line: Now the wind %taking, taking


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (36)       
First Line: Silent and sullen, in a bitter debate with the dead
Last Line: As if - in the machine of which they are a part - %somethinghas gone wrong


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (37)       
First Line: The nail is lost. Perhaps the shoe
Last Line: Horse and rider, kingdom, too


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (38)       
First Line: The dogs that walk with me are now and here
Last Line: For he would lead me far into the past %and there I'd lose myself: his name is if


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (39)       
First Line: My parents were of a great company
Last Line: Among blocking rock %and through sands and sand


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (4)       
First Line: This is the old familiar twilight
Last Line: And some - grey-haired or bald - planning still and hoping, %walk in the twilight beside the rosy ti


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (40)       
First Line: Because, the first-born, I was not redeemed
Last Line: (whom god strengthened) %my strength, such as it is, is his


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (41)       
First Line: Of course, we must die
Last Line: Utterly useless - %to call


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (42)       
First Line: I remember very well when I asked you
Last Line: Looking like one %who has been a great beauty


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (43)       
First Line: These days when I dare not spend freely
Last Line: For I find myself weeping that you are dead - %who have been dead for a long time


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (44 - 1)       
First Line: The sky is a peculiar blue
Last Line: But the inside is brown and decayed, %and she eats it with small, dainty bites


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (44 - 2)       
First Line: The barber shop has curtains
Last Line: Sanitary barber shop,' %and there are those, I suppose, who believe it


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (45)       
First Line: Fraser, I think, tells of a roman
Last Line: And I do not think it would be allowed %in central park


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (46 - 1)       
First Line: The jewess, hadassah, takes the name of the moon-goddess
Last Line: The hands, heavy with rings, are esther's %but the voice is the voice of hadassah


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (46 - 2)       
First Line: Begin with the disgrace and end with the glory,' the rabbis say
Last Line: To choose the lord: %that is, the bread of affliction and freedom


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (46 - 3)       
First Line: In a world where each man must b of use
Last Line: Light not one light but eight - %not to see by but to look at


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (47)       
First Line: O lord, be with us!'
Last Line: With her doves about her' %but the god of battles


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (48)       
First Line: Blurred sight and trembling fingers
Last Line: That still would feed %the failing me, the dying I


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (49)       
First Line: How grey you are! No, white!
Last Line: Scratches her master's coat %to show she is tired


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (5)       
First Line: You are young and contemptuous
Last Line: Wounded %you would not wep


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (50)       
First Line: It is very pleasant to walk in the woods
Last Line: And you are a fool to look for anything else %than song for song and joke for joke


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (51 - 1)       
First Line: She enters the bus demurely
Last Line: And he a larger package: %a brand-new windowshade


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (51 - 2)       
First Line: A young man, wearing a loose jacket of light brown with a
Last Line: And he turns away in disgust. %'ah, tragic, tragic, tragic!'


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (52)       
First Line: I saw within the shadows of the yard the shed
Last Line: That day was lost - that month as well; %and year and year for all that I can tell


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (53)       
First Line: We who had known the desert's grit and granit
Last Line: Shouting %and hurry out of this land!


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (6)       
First Line: It was raining and the street
Last Line: But how big my feet look! I looked at her again: %only this was left - vanity


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (7)       
First Line: Two girls of twelve or so at a table
Last Line: In their shining innocence seeing %in him only another human being


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (8)       
First Line: He had with him a bag, a heavy bag
Last Line: Digging them up %to have a fresh salad on which husbands sup


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944 - 1956 (9)       
First Line: The two have told each other all that they have brooded
Last Line: The park %and all its paths are dark


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944-1956, SELECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of the strong, sweetness;
Subject(s): Jews; Russia; Anti-semitism


INSCRIPTIONS: 1944-1956, SELS.       
First Line: Out of the strong, sweetness;
Last Line: And out of these who met only with hate, %a people of love, a compassionate people
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews


ISRAEL (1)       
First Line: Our eldest son is like ishmael, jacob is like you
Last Line: Your son's coat or not; %and he will think a beast tore joseph to pieces


ISRAEL (2)       
First Line: Since potiphar made you his overseer
Last Line: I will establish my people like a pyramid, %no longer to be blown along like sand
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


ISRAEL (3)       
First Line: Our lives are bitter with service in mortar and brick
Last Line: You shall write them upon the door-posts of your house and %upon your gates


ISRAEL: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Since potiphar made you his overseer
Last Line: Jews; russia; anti-semitism;
Subject(s): Jews


JACOB       
First Line: In his dream jacob was in a wilderness
Last Line: It is good to rest


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (1)       
First Line: The hebrew of your poets, zion
Last Line: I have married and married the speech of strangers; %none are like you, shulamite


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (10)       
First Line: These days the papers in the street
Last Line: Play about, %those for a moment lie still and sun themselves


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (11)       
First Line: The river is like a lake this morning
Last Line: That cover but cannot hide %the black gnarled branches


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (12)       
First Line: At night walking along the streets, the darker because trees
Last Line: And the pavement under the branches was white with flowers %too


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (13)       
First Line: On this beach the waves are never high
Last Line: Lifting his eyes from the page he chanted, %'and god saw the earth and seas - that it was good.'


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (14)       
First Line: The tree in the twilit street
Last Line: The twinkling of an eye, %we should see the frenzy of growth


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (15)       
First Line: In the street I have just left
Last Line: Of gum, tinfoil, %pieces of newspaper


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (16)       
First Line: Going to work in the subway
Last Line: In the store, or about the machines %in the shop where you work?


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (17)       
First Line: Rails in the subway, %what did you know of happiness
Last Line: When you were ore in the earth; %now the electric lights shine upon you


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (18)       
First Line: Walk about the subway station
Last Line: A flat black fungus %that was chewing-gum


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (19)       
First Line: This is the gift of hephaestus, the artificer
Last Line: The god men say is lame


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (2)       
First Line: As I, barbarian, at last, although slowly, could read greek
Last Line: The head slightly bent forward under the heavy helmet, %as if to listen; the beautiful lips slightly


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (20)       
First Line: In steel clouds %to the sound of thunder
Last Line: Only another street-light - %a little crooked
Variant Title(s): Four Songs Of The City:


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (21)       
First Line: In the clear morning
Last Line: Where the sewers empty %their slow ripples


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (22)       
First Line: The pigeon on the rocks has an anklet about each foot
Last Line: Holes %between the rocks


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (23)       
First Line: Upon a warm sunny afternoon in june
Last Line: The blue-black pigeons walk along the edges, %wading, and the spray ruffles their feathers


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (24)       
First Line: No one is in the street but a sparrow
Last Line: It hops on the glittering sidewalk, %and at last flies - into a dusty tree


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (25)       
First Line: About an excavation %a flock of bright red lanterns
Last Line: Has settled


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (26)       
First Line: The twigs of our neighbor's bush are so thin
Last Line: I can hardly see the black lines; %the green leaves seem to float in the air


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (27)       
First Line: The bush with gaudy purple flowers is in the back yard
Last Line: Seen only by its mistress, cats, and the white butterflies


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (28)       
First Line: The cat in our neighbor's yard has convulsions
Last Line: From her mouth a green jet on the pavement - %she has added a leaf to their garden


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (29)       
First Line: The trees have worn their leaves shabby


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (3)       
First Line: The moon shines in the summer night
Last Line: What then must happen, you jeremiahs, %to me who look at moon and stars and trees?


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (30)       
First Line: These streets, crowded an hour ago, are empty
Last Line: Will be the scavengers? %the winds of night


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (31)       
First Line: All day the street has been quiet
Last Line: Not a branch sways, %only the leaves of the corner tree twinkle


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (32)       
First Line: The branches about the street-lamp
Last Line: Only on a flag of pavement; %leaf behind leaf the night rings


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (33)       
First Line: The blue luminous sky furrowed into clouds; the clean air
Last Line: Crowded with rain - the dark harvest


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (34)       
First Line: The motor-cars on the shining street move in semicircles of
Last Line: Spray, semicircles of spray


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (35)       
First Line: The morning light %is dim and blue
Last Line: The slight yet multitudinous %noise of rain


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (36)       
First Line: Along the flat roofs beneath our window
Last Line: In the morning sunshine, %I read the signature of last night's rain


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (37)       
First Line: See, your armor of scales, snake
Last Line: Pink flesh of your body showing, %and the sharp teeth of your open mouth


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (38)       
First Line: Of our visitors - I do not know which I dislike most
Last Line: The silent beetles or these noisy flies


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (39)       
First Line: What are you doing in our street among the automobiles
Last Line: Horse? %how are your cousins, the centaur and the unicorn?
Variant Title(s): Four Songs In The City:


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (4)       
First Line: Shameless moon, naked upon the cloudless sky
Last Line: Must now be bathing on a housetop in the pool of evening, %bathsheba


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (40)       
First Line: Rooted among roofs, their smoke among the clouds
Last Line: Factory chimneys - our cedars of lebanon


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (41)       
First Line: If a naturalist came to this hillside
Last Line: He'd find many old newspapes among the weeds %to study


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (42)       
First Line: Permit me to warn you
Last Line: Against this automobile rushing to embrace you %with outstretched fender


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (43)       
First Line: From the middle of the pool
Last Line: Upon the water. The untidy trees %drop their leaves upon the pavement


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (44)       
First Line: Now the white roses, wilted and yellowing fast
Last Line: Now they are scattered over the pavements - %the delicate skeletons of the leaves
Variant Title(s): Lament Of The Jewish Women For Tammuz; Ezekiel 8:1


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (45)       
First Line: In the light of the street-lamp a dozen leaves
Last Line: Cling to the twigs of our tree for dear life; %an eager star is dogging the moon


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (46)       
First Line: Feast, you who cross the bridge
Last Line: This cold twilight %on these honeycombs of light, the buildings of manhattan


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (47)       
First Line: I thought for a moment, the bush in the backyard has
Last Line: Blossomed: %it was only some of the old leaves covered with snow


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (48)       
First Line: This smoky winter morning
Last Line: Do not despise the green jewel shining among the twigs %because it is a traffic light


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (49)       
First Line: About the railway station as the taxicabs leave
Last Line: Stinking flowers, budding, unfolding, over the ruts in the %snow


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (5)       
First Line: In a strange street, among strangers
Last Line: You were there, sole companion many a night - %the moon


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (50)       
First Line: A black horse and a white horse, pulling a truck this winter
Last Line: As the smoke of their nostrils reaches to the ground, %seem fabulous


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (51)       
First Line: The dead tree at the corner
Last Line: That, bare and brown, are only leafless %in a winter of your lives


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (52)       
First Line: Now that black ground and bushes
Last Line: Only the melting snow %drop from the twigs


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (53)       
First Line: The street lights %begin to shine
Last Line: Falls %a handful of snowflakes


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (54)       
First Line: The days are long again, the skies are blue
Last Line: But by day the snow of your absence is melting: %soon may will be here and you the queen of the may


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (55)       
First Line: You tell me that you write only a little now
Last Line: And I am glad that you do not belong %to those whose beauty is all song


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (56)       
First Line: Meeting often, we find we cannot meet enough
Last Line: Sighs and misty eyes; and the old poems - %I find them true


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (57)       
First Line: It was in my heart to give her wine and dainties
Last Line: When she would see a row of street-lamps shining, %how beautiful, she would say


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (58)       
First Line: You think yourself a woman
Last Line: With only orion and the pleiades to see us, %you begin to skip


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (59)       
First Line: All day the pavement has been black
Last Line: And saying not a word, %amen, you answered


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (6)       
First Line: From my window I could not see the moon
Last Line: Snow upon it, %an oblong in the darkness


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (60)       
First Line: Though our thoughts often, we ourselves
Last Line: We should call them partings, and of our words %I remember most 'good-by'


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (61)       
First Line: Our nightingale, the clock
Last Line: Sings so steadily: %o bird of prey!


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (62)       
First Line: The clock %on the bookcase ticks
Last Line: These busy insects %are eating away my world


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (63)       
First Line: My hair was caught in the wheels of a clock
Last Line: And torn from my head: see, I am bald!


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (64)       
First Line: If you ask me about the plans that I made last night
Last Line: I think the sun must have melted them, %or this gentle wind blown them away


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (65)       
First Line: I once tore up a sapling to make myself a stick
Last Line: A woman passing nodded her head as if to say, what a pity, %and I had no joy of the stick and threw


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (66)       
First Line: If there is a scheme
Last Line: And the lights go out - %but are on again in a moment
Variant Title(s): Four Songs Of The City:


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (67)       
First Line: The sun shining on the little waves of the bay, the little leaves
Last Line: Of the hedge - %with these I school myself to be content


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (68)       
First Line: The house is warm in winter, cool in summer
Last Line: The leaves of the shade tree are uneasy, %the twigs of the bushes keep nodding together


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (69)       
First Line: Among the heaps of brick and plaster lies
Last Line: A girder, still itself among the rubbish


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (7)       
First Line: In the dark woods
Last Line: With your single star, new moon, %come to light this darkness?


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (70)       
First Line: Out of the inexhaustible sea
Last Line: Wave after wave %rising out of the sea


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (71)       
First Line: When the sky is blue, the water over the sandy bottom is
Last Line: But these the patient waters corrode, those a patient moss %covers


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (72)       
First Line: The sun lights up
Last Line: Finds the page blurred %and lights the lamp


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (73)       
First Line: Brown and black felt, unevenly stitched with purple thread
Last Line: This pincushion, %lunatic?


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (74)       
First Line: They landed and could
Last Line: Bows in their %mouths


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (75)       
First Line: Jeremiah, in the stocks in the gate of benjamin, cried to
Last Line: But the elders reply, he prophesies in the name of the lord - %he shall not die!


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (76)       
First Line: Because of their abominations under every tree
Last Line: And did not forget jerusalem nor the citadel of the lord, %let them live, let them live


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (77)       
First Line: You hebrews are too snug in ur
Last Line: Citizens of the great cities, %talking hebrew in every language under the sun
Variant Title(s): Joshua At Scheche
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (78)       
First Line: The sentences we studied are rungs upon the ladder jacob saw
Last Line: For, as our god was never of wood or bone, %our land is not of stones or earth
Variant Title(s): Luzzato; Padua 172
Subject(s): Jonathan (bible); Luzzato, Moshe Hayyim (1707-1747)


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (79 - 1)       
First Line: The men of war spoke: your hand against mine
Last Line: And you shall not build the lord's house, %because your hands have shed much blood


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (79 - 2)       
First Line: Then spoke the prophets: our god is not of clay
Last Line: And in justice to him who takes his hire from your hand; %for I am the god of justice, I am the god


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (79 - 3)       
First Line: He is in the stars
Last Line: Nothing was but as he willed it; %as he wills it, so it will be


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (79 - 4)       
First Line: We shall arise while the stars are still shining
Last Line: From each according to his strength, %to each according to his need


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (8)       
First Line: The wind blows the rain into our faces
Last Line: Until we reach at last the crushed earthworms %stretched and stretching on the wet sidewalk


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN (9)       
First Line: On the hillside %facing the morning sun
Last Line: But, of course, %this is the festival of spring


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN : 77. JOSHUA AT SCHECHEM    Poem Text    
First Line: You hebrews are too snug in ur
Last Line: Talking hebrew in every language under the sun
Subject(s): Jews - Exodus From Egypt


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN: 15    Poem Text    
First Line: In the street I have just left
Subject(s): City & Town Life


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN: 16    Poem Text    
First Line: Going to work in the subway
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN: 17    Poem Text    
First Line: Rails in the subway
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN: 18    Poem Text    
First Line: Walk about the subway station
Subject(s): Subways


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN: 19. FOR AN INSCRIPTION OVER THE ENTRANCE TO A SUBWAY STATION       


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN: 38    Poem Text    
First Line: Of our vsiitors, I do not know which I dislike most
Subject(s): Beetles; Flies


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN: 39    Poem Text    
First Line: What are you doing in our street among the automobiles, horse?
Subject(s): Horses; Modern Life


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN: 40    Poem Text    
First Line: Rooted among roofs, their smoke among the clouds
Subject(s): Factories; Pollution


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN: 41. SUBURB    Poem Text    
First Line: If a naturalist came to this hillside
Subject(s): Time


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN: 42    Poem Text    
First Line: Permit me to warn you
Subject(s): Automobiles; Cars


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN: 43    Poem Text    
First Line: From the middle of the pool
Subject(s): Fountains


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN: 52. WINTER SKETCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Now that black ground and bushes
Subject(s): Winter; Snow; New York City; Subways; Landscape; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN: 59    Poem Text    
First Line: All day the pavement has been black
Subject(s): Prayer


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN: 6    Poem Text    
First Line: From my window I could not see the moon
Subject(s): Moon


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN: 69    Poem Text    
First Line: Among the heaps of brick and plaster lie


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN: 74. THE ENGLISH IN VIRGINIA, APRIL 1607    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: They landed and could
Subject(s): United States - Colonial Periodl Nature


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN: 75 - JEREMIAH IN THE STOCKS,    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: ",""jeremiah, in the stocks in the gate of benjamin, cried to the"",,,""jer"


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN: 78. LUZZATO, PADUA 1727    Poem Text    
First Line: The sentences we studied are rungs upon the ladder jacob saw
Last Line: Our land is not of stones or earth
Subject(s): Jerusalem


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN: 79    Poem Text    
First Line: The men of war spoke: your hand against mine
Subject(s): David (d. 962 B.c.); Jews; War; Judaism


JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN: 97.    Poem Text    
First Line: The men of war spoke: your hand against mine
Subject(s): Jews; Marx, Karl (1818-1883); Spinoza, Baruch (1632-1677); David (d. 962 B.c.); Judaism


JEWS IN BABYLONIA (1 - 1)       
First Line: Plough, sow and reap
Last Line: And a white one for ploughing); %plough, sow, cut, bind, thresh, winnow, and set up a stack


JEWS IN BABYLONIA (1 - 2)       
First Line: A cow to plough with
Last Line: A bed on which to sit %and a table at which to eat


JEWS IN BABYLONIA (1 - 3)       
First Line: Plane the wood %into boards
Last Line: The hoof kicks, %the teeth bite


JEWS IN BABYLONIA (1 - 4)       
First Line: The bread has become moldy
Last Line: But where are the dead of the flood %and where the dead of nebuchadnezzar?


JEWS IN BABYLONIA (2 - 1)       
First Line: Palm trees in a valley
Last Line: The tide of the sea, %and water dripping from the roof


JEWS IN BABYLONIA (2 - 2)       
First Line: The old man may have forgotten most of what he knew
Last Line: But even the fragments of the broken tables of the law %werekept - out of respect - in the ark


JEWS IN BABYLONIA (2 - 3)       
First Line: As when a girl with smooth shining yellow hair
Last Line: Comes into a room where three young men are hard at work %and all three look up smiling joyfully


JEWS IN BABYLONIA (2 - 4)       
First Line: When her father walked from his house to the house of study
Last Line: Now his daughter is picking barley grains in the dung of arab cattle, %looking for barley grains amo


JEWS IN BABYLONIA (2 - 5)       
First Line: A purple cloak and a white horse with a red bridle
Last Line: But, rejoicing at your lot, %you are rich


JEWS IN BABYLONIA (2 - 6)       
First Line: If the ship you are traveling on is wrecked
Last Line: And on it you may ride wave after wave %until you walk again on dry land


JEWS IN BABYLONIA (3 - 1)       
First Line: The rock is hard
Last Line: And the clouds carry the water away %and the wind scatters them


JEWS IN BABYLONIA (3 - 2)       
First Line: The hyena will turn into a bat
Last Line: And a bt into a thron


JEWS IN BABYLONIA (3 - 3)       
First Line: The dog eats the lamb and a cat the hens
Last Line: And lions fill their dens with prey


JEWS IN BABYLONIA (3 - 4)       
First Line: The blood of his wounds
Last Line: Does not distinguish %between the righteous and the wicked


JEWS IN BABYLONIA (3 - 5)       
First Line: If you cannot look at the sun
Last Line: Only one of god's ministers - %how can you see god himself?


JEWS IN BABYLONIA (4 - 1)       
First Line: Clap hands and slap your thighs
Last Line: Adding indulgence to indulgence, sin to sin, %the thread of the spider becomes a rope


JEWS IN BABYLONIA (4 - 2)       
First Line: Only bones and nut shells left on the table
Last Line: Degenerate son; %vinegar, son of wine!


JEWS IN BABYLONIA (4 - 3)       
First Line: They praise each other
Last Line: Like whores %painting one another


JEWS IN BABYLONIA (5)       
First Line: I kill and I quicken
Last Line: And the creatures that live in the air %and those that live in fire


KADDISH    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: In her last sickness, my mother took my hand in hers
Last Line: Prayers with words and lights
Subject(s): Mourning; Bereavement


KADDISH       
First Line: In her last sickness, my mother took my hand in hers
Last Line: Prayers and words and lights
Subject(s): Mourning


KADDISH       
First Line: Upon israel and upon the rabbis
Last Line: To them and to you %life


KING DAVID (1)       
First Line: His height was six cubits and a span
Last Line: Now david shall stay among the men of war, %and be michal's husband


KING DAVID (2)       
First Line: Tell us how ehud stabbed the king of moab
Last Line: Bring him to me at once for he shall die! %why should he die? What has he done?
Subject(s): Moah (kingdom), Bible


KING DAVID (3)       
First Line: The grave men who will write
Last Line: I cannot. He is sick. %why have you fooled me and let my enemy escape?


KING DAVID (4)       
First Line: His brothers and all his father's house have come to david
Last Line: Let me hear no more of this david - %except to hear that he is dead


KING DAVID (5)       
First Line: So the leader of the philistines said to the king of gath
Last Line: Let us steal away saul's body and the bodies of his sons %and bury them herre in jabesh-gilead


KING DAVID (6)       
First Line: Why have you taken my father's concubine?
Last Line: Or david's sword may take a swift dislike to you %at the thought of the five sons she has borne you


KING DAVID (7)       
First Line: While I was away on this foray to bring spoil for my lord
Last Line: And pleased me, newly from the sheepfold. %the sweat and fingerprints of another man upon her


KING DAVID (8)       
First Line: I should like to see the mighty men david has
Last Line: I made them as dust before the wind; %I threw them away as dirt in the street


KING DAVID (9)       
First Line: God- %who chose me rather than your father and all his house
Last Line: Wandering about the farden of the kind, %and you a glorious kind, a glorious king


KING DAVID: 2. THE FEAST IN SAUL'S HOME    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell us how ehud stabbed the king of moab
Subject(s): Saul (bible); Jews; Illness


LAST POEMS (1 - 1)       
First Line: She worked as a maid
Last Line: The flesh rotted off %and all her cothing in a heap beside her


LAST POEMS (1 - 2)       
First Line: Before the break of day the minister was awakened
Last Line: And left the body %as meat for the fowls and beasts


LAST POEMS (1 - 3)       
First Line: The two had gone through unsettled country
Last Line: His mane fluttered for a moment on the water %and then the sand closed over him


LAST POEMS (1 - 4)       
First Line: To begin with, the slaves had to wash themselves well
Last Line: And to behave herself %or he would give her something really to cry about


LAST POEMS (10 - 1)       
First Line: Of all that I have written
Last Line: The oak has many acorns %that a single oak might live


LAST POEMS (10 - 2)       
First Line: Young men and women in a ballet
Last Line: To photograph it: %this is realism


LAST POEMS (10 - 3)       
First Line: Sometimes, as I cross a street
Last Line: Than the traveler in a forest - long ago - %whom a pack of wolves pursue


LAST POEMS (10 - 4)       
First Line: After forgetting this and that
Last Line: That I must have my own mental crutch - %a notebook


LAST POEMS (10 - 5)       
First Line: Not like flowers in the city
Last Line: But like dandelions %scattered on a lawn
Variant Title(s): Free Vers


LAST POEMS (10 - 6)       
First Line: Even the patient carried through the traffic
Last Line: Is silent, %and the ambulance screams for him


LAST POEMS (11)       
First Line: Whatever unfriendly stars and comets do
Last Line: That all the straws and rubbish of the world %only feed its flame


LAST POEMS (2)       
First Line: Day after day in the wilderness
Last Line: Yes, but you have to climb a mountain %to speak with god


LAST POEMS (3)       
First Line: The blind man with a white can
Last Line: But will it keep him from a pool of rain %on the sidewalk?


LAST POEMS (4)       
First Line: Listen! %the police-car's siren
Last Line: And that's a fire-engine. %our city, too, has its native birds


LAST POEMS (5)       
First Line: Young trees in a circle
Last Line: A sparrow, and scraps of white paper


LAST POEMS (6)       
First Line: Reading some of the german poets of the last century
Last Line: And I opened it: %hitler!


LAST POEMS (7)       
First Line: Now that you are seventy-five, basil bunting
Last Line: But the english found it useful enough during the second %world war


LAST POEMS (8 - 1)       
First Line: Fifth avenue has many visitors
Last Line: Her grey hair disheveled %and her face also streaked with smudges


LAST POEMS (8 - 2)       
First Line: The tramp with torn shoes
Last Line: Takes a comb out of his pocket %and carefully combs his hair


LAST POEMS (8 - 3)       
First Line: It has been raining at night
Last Line: And is dividing into quarters %with the bird's sharp bill


LAST POEMS (8 - 4)       
First Line: A dozen pigeons on a roof
Last Line: Head lifted, %the gilt rooster


LAST POEMS (9)       
First Line: A tree in the courtard blossomed early this spring
Last Line: But what is its song? %a prayer for the dead flowers?


LEAVING THE BEACH ON A SUNDAY IN A STREETCAR    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Mothers & Sons; Daughters; Relationships


LET OTHER PEOPLE COME AS STREAMS       


MASS GRAVES, SELS.       


MASS GRAVES: 3       
First Line: In the morning the jews were line up by an officer
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Shoah; Judaism


MASS GRAVES: 3       
First Line: In the morning the jews were line up by an officer
Last Line: A thousand bodies would be put on a pyre; %and there wre two pyres of boides burning all the time
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews


MASSACRES       
First Line: The first day the germans came into the city
Last Line: The officers poured kerosene under them %and set it on fire


MEDITATIONS ON THE FALL AND WINTER HOLIDAYS: 1. NEW YEAR'S       
First Line: The solid houses in the mist
Last Line: You have inherited


MEDITATIONS ON THE FALL AND WINTER HOLIDAYS: 2. DAY OF ATONEMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: The great giver has ended his disposing
Last Line: "not by might not by power
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


MEDITATIONS ON THE FALL AND WINTER HOLIDAYS: 2. DAY OF ATONEMENT       
First Line: The great giver has ended his disposing
Last Line: A spark in your seeing
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


MEDITATIONS ON THE FALL AND WINTER HOLIDAYS: 3. FEAST OF BOOTHS       
First Line: This was a season of our fathers' joy
Last Line: How fast the year went by, the years - how few


MEDITATIONS ON THE FALL AND WINTER HOLIDAYS: 4. HANUKKAH       
First Line: The swollen dead fish float on the water
Last Line: But by your spirit, lord


NEGROES    Poem Text    
First Line: One night in april or may
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism; Cruelty; Negroes; American Blacks; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


NEGROS       
First Line: Alice's father was a white man
Last Line: That the less he had to say about the matter the better


NEW NATION    Poem Text    
First Line: A mountain of white ice
Subject(s): United States - History; Native Americans; Massacres; Slavery; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America; Serfs


NEW YEAR'S, SELS.       
First Line: This is the autumn and our harvest
Subject(s): Rosh Hashanah


NIGHT-PIECE    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw within the shadows of the yard the shed
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Transience; Impermanence


NOTES ON THE SPRING HOLIDAYS: 3. HANUKKAH    Poem Text    
First Line: In a world where each man must be of use
Subject(s): Spring; Hanukkah


PASSING THE SHOP AFTER SCHOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: Passing the shop after school, he would look up at the sign
Subject(s): Jobs; Money; Life Change Events; Food & Eating


POEMS (1)       
First Line: The sun was low over the blue morning water
Last Line: The waves of the bay were silent on the smooth beach, %wherein the night the silver fish had died ga


POEMS (10)       
First Line: Sleepless, breathing the black air, he heard footsteps along
Last Line: Rubber tube out of his mouth; %but he felt dizzy, too weak to move


POEMS (11)       
First Line: She sat by the window opening into the airshaft
Last Line: Slashed with wrinkles. %'come in,' she said as gently as she could and smiled


POEMS (12)       
First Line: The house was pitch-dark
Last Line: Now he was through. He closed door after door softly behind %him


POEMS (13)       
First Line: From where she lay she could see the snow crossing the
Last Line: Dead, nailed in a box, her son was being sent to her, %through fields and cities cold and white with


POEMS (14)       
First Line: The twigs tinge the winter sky
Last Line: Brown


POEMS (15)       
First Line: A slender tree, alone in the fields
Last Line: In the open %the birds are faintly overheard


POEMS (16)       
First Line: The city breaks in houses to the sea, uneasy with waves
Last Line: Hides, %pound the sparks flying about their hoofs


POEMS (17)       
First Line: In the streets children beneath tall houses at games greedily
Last Line: Remembering clocks, the house-cats lapping time


POEMS (18)       
First Line: Kitten, pressed into a rude shape by cart wheels
Last Line: An end to your slinking away and trying to hide behind the ash-cans


POEMS (19)       
First Line: The baby woke with curved, confiding fingers
Last Line: Glimmer. %a rat walked slowly from under the washtub


POEMS (2)       
First Line: Old men and boys search the wet garbage with fingers
Last Line: This fat old man has found the hard end of a bread %and bites it


POEMS (20)       
First Line: Ships dragged into the opaque green of the sea
Last Line: Visible winds flinging houses apart - %and here the poplar roots lifting the pavement an inch


POEMS (21)       
First Line: Speaking and speaking again words like silver bubbles
Last Line: Triangular pools form in the square cracks of the pavement, %noisy with rain


POEMS (22)       
First Line: Suddenly we noticed that we were in darkness
Last Line: In and about the house darkness lay, a black fog; %and each on his bed spoke to himself alone, makin


POEMS (23)       
First Line: Hour after hour in a rocking-chair on the porch
Last Line: Shining words, sometimes, like fireflies in the darkness - %lighting and going out and after all no


POEMS (24)       
First Line: I walked in a street, head high
Last Line: I gave no help with blow or cry, %but hurried on glad it wasn't I


POEMS (25)       
First Line: The ceaseless weaving of the uneven water


POEMS (26)       
First Line: The trees' shadows lie in black pools on the lawns


POEMS (27)       
First Line: The stiff lines of the twigs
Last Line: Blurred by buds
Variant Title(s): Apri


POEMS (28)       
First Line: I have watched trees and the moon and walked on
Last Line: She would be beauty to go wherever I go


POEMS (29)       
First Line: Still much to read, but too late
Last Line: Tomorrow up early, %the crowded street-car, the factory '


POEMS (3)       
First Line: The girls outshout the machines
Last Line: Soon she, too, will speak %their speech glibly


POEMS (30)       
First Line: A clerk tiptoeing the office floor
Last Line: What at last have these men done, %the young men who were sobright?


POEMS (4)       
First Line: The pedlar who goes from shop to shop
Last Line: Has seated himself on the stairs in the dim hallway, %and the basket of apples upon his knees, breat


POEMS (5)       
First Line: Her work was to count linings
Last Line: The day's seconds in dozens


POEMS (6)       
First Line: They have built red factories along lake michigan
Last Line: And the purple refuse coils like congers in the green depths


POEMS (7)       
First Line: The house-wreckers have left the door and a staircase
Last Line: Now leading to the empty room of night
Variant Title(s): The House-wrecker
Subject(s): Cities


POEMS (8)       
First Line: Followed by his lodge, shabby men stumbling over the
Last Line: Wanted to go %and was not strong enough


POEMS (9)       
First Line: Showing a torn sleeve, with stiff and shaking fingers the old
Last Line: Pulls off a bit of the baked apple, shiny with sugar, %eating with reverence food, the great comfort
Variant Title(s): Four Songs Of The City:


POEMS: 7    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The house-wreckers have left the door and a staircase
Last Line: Now leading to the empty room of night


RHYTHMS (1)       
First Line: The stars are hidden
Last Line: Blown by the wind %away


RHYTHMS (10)       
First Line: Hair and faces glossy with sweat in august
Last Line: Store-lamps dimmed behind frosted panes, %stars, like the sun broken and scattered in bits


RHYTHMS (11)       
First Line: I walked through the lonely marsh
Last Line: The trumpets blare war %and the streets are filled with the echoes


RHYTHMS (12)       
First Line: Wringing, wringing his pierced hands
Last Line: Among these skeletons, through these white sands, %wringing,wringing his pierced hands


RHYTHMS (13)       
First Line: The troppers are riding, are riding by
Last Line: They are clean of the dirt of shop and store, %and they ride out clean to war


RHYTHMS (14)       
First Line: How shall we mourn you who are killed and wasted
Last Line: Sure that you would not die with your work unended, %as if the iron scythe in the grass stops for a


RHYTHMS (15)       
First Line: Her kindliness is like the sun
Last Line: Her understanding is like the sun, %shining through mist on a width of sea


RHYTHMS (16)       
First Line: The fingers of your thoughts
Last Line: Are washing your face %beautiful


RHYTHMS (17)       
First Line: When you sang moving your body proudly
Last Line: Before me wondering who you were %suddenly remembred, messalina


RHYTHMS (18)       
First Line: The sea's white teeth
Last Line: His might will be lost %in her depths


RHYTHMS (19)       
First Line: My work done, I lean on the window-sill
Last Line: From the bare twigs %rows of drops like shining buds are hanging


RHYTHMS (2)       
First Line: The dead are walking silently
Last Line: I raised on each a brown hill, %the dead are walking slow and still


RHYTHMS (3)       
First Line: So one day, tired of the sky and host of stars
Last Line: I'll thrust the tinsel by


RHYTHMS (4)       
First Line: I step into the fishy pool
Last Line: I, too, become %cold-blooded, dumb


RHYTHMS (5)       
First Line: The dead man lies in the street
Last Line: The supper done, the table set, %waits for his coming out of the wet


RHYTHMS (6)       
First Line: They dug her grave so deep
Last Line: And quietly she lies %when her girl cries


RHYTHMS (7)       
First Line: On brooklyn bridge I saw a man drop dead
Last Line: Above us rose manhattan; %below, the river spread to meet sea and sky


RHYTHMS (8)       
First Line: I met in a merchant's place
Last Line: Through the woods I had looked for her %and beside the waves


RHYTHMS (9)       
First Line: The shopgirls leave their work
Last Line: Darken. %the silent rounds of mice and roachs begin


RHYTHMS 2 (1)       
First Line: I have not even been in the fields
Last Line: Nor lain my fill in the soft foam, %and here you come blowing, cold wind


RHYTHMS 2 (10)       
First Line: On the kitchen shelf the dusty medicine bottles
Last Line: She in her room heaped under a sheet, %and men and women coming in with clumsy steps


RHYTHMS 2 (11)       
First Line: She who worked patiently
Last Line: Her children grown, %lies in her grave patiently


RHYTHMS 2 (12)       
First Line: Beggars about the streets
Last Line: Down the earth between stones %until black rocks in ledge on ledge


RHYTHMS 2 (13)       
First Line: It rains. %the elms curve into clouds of twigs
Last Line: The lawns are empty


RHYTHMS 2 (14)       
First Line: Dark early and only the river shines
Last Line: Like grey ice, the ships moored fast


RHYTHMS 2 (15)       
First Line: Streamers of crepe idling before doors


RHYTHMS 2 (16)       
First Line: Shadows, mice whisk over the unswept floor
Last Line: Biting the paper into yellowed flakes %and leaving crumbs of filth


RHYTHMS 2 (17)       
First Line: The sandwiches are elaborate affairs
Last Line: We sip our coffee watching the rouged women %walk quickly to their seats, unsmiling, contemptuous


RHYTHMS 2 (18)       
First Line: The imperious dawn comes
Last Line: To the clink of milk bottles %and round-shouldered sparrows twittering


RHYTHMS 2 (19)       
First Line: We heard no step in the hall
Last Line: She came %sudden as a rainbow


RHYTHMS 2 (2)       
First Line: I leave the theatre
Last Line: Night falls %it still flakes


RHYTHMS 2 (20)       
First Line: A white curtain turning in an open window
Last Line: Was gone like noise from a street, %snow falling


RHYTHMS 2 (21)       
First Line: The horses keep tossing their heads and stamp the hollow
Last Line: The samll hoofs newly oiled, %heads high, their red nostrils taking the air


RHYTHMS 2 (22)       
First Line: No stars %in the blu curve
Last Line: In the green gloom %of the meadow


RHYTHMS 2 (3)       
First Line: I knocked. A strange voice answered
Last Line: Until alone. %I wonder where they have moved to


RHYTHMS 2 (4)       
First Line: I look across the housetops
Last Line: Broad-bosomed and golden, %coming toward us


RHYTHMS 2 (5)       
First Line: The winter afternoon darkens
Last Line: An old woman waits, %rubbing the cold from her hands


RHYTHMS 2 (6)       
First Line: Stubborn flies buzzing
Last Line: The flat roofs, higher, lower, %chimneys, water-tanks, cornices


RHYTHMS 2 (7)       
First Line: One shoulder lower, %with unsure step like a bear errect
Last Line: Scratching with four stiff fingers her half-bald head, %smiling


RHYTHMS 2 (8)       
First Line: In the shop, she, her mother, and grandmother
Last Line: Thinking at times of women at windows in still streets, %or women reading, a glow on resting hands


RHYTHMS 2 (9)       
First Line: With green stagnant eyes
Last Line: Loose ends of string in a wind, %keep smiling at your father
Variant Title(s): The Idio


ROMANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: The troopers are riding, are riding by
Subject(s): War


SEPARATE WAY (1 - 1)       
First Line: Now the sky begins to turn upon its hub
Last Line: Our lives are leaking from the places, %and the day's brightness dwindles into stars


SEPARATE WAY (1 - 2)       
First Line: If my days were like the ants
Last Line: Let them step and stamp upon you as they can, %I shall escape with a few grains


SEPARATE WAY (1 - 3)       
First Line: The dark green leaves
Last Line: Burn brightly - %the work of man is not yet over


SEPARATE WAY (1 - 4)       
First Line: How pleasant %the silence of a holiday
Last Line: To those who listen %to the long dialogue of heart and clock


SEPARATE WAY (10)       
First Line: The rain is falling
Last Line: Athens must perish! %long live sparta!


SEPARATE WAY (11 - 1)       
First Line: A mountain of white ice
Last Line: Will turn and come to it %to warm their hands and hearts


SEPARATE WAY (11 - 2)       
First Line: Glaciers pushing so far and surely
Last Line: Shall we not share it %as we share water?


SEPARATE WAY (12)       
First Line: The east is alight as far as hebron
Last Line: And you, the god of our fathers, %of abraham, isaac, and jacob


SEPARATE WAY (13)       
First Line: Upon israel and upon the rabbis
Last Line: To them and to you %life


SEPARATE WAY (2)       
First Line: Malicious women greet you saying, so this is marie!
Last Line: And sasons, and still aglow %through twilight and darkness, through moths and snow


SEPARATE WAY (3 - 1)       
First Line: I will write songs against you
Last Line: I will marshal against you %the fireflies of the dusk


SEPARATE WAY (3 - 2)       
First Line: I eat and am happy
Last Line: Means that among the little %I am such


SEPARATE WAY (4 - 1)       
First Line: Drowning %I felt for a moment reaching towards me
Last Line: Finger tips against mine


SEPARATE WAY (4 - 2)       
First Line: You mice, %that ate the crumbs of my freedom
Last Line: Lo!


SEPARATE WAY (4 - 3)       
First Line: The clock strikes
Last Line: These are the steps of our departure


SEPARATE WAY (4 - 4)       
First Line: A brown oak leaf
Last Line: Frightened me


SEPARATE WAY (4 - 5)       
First Line: Proserpine %swallowed only six seeds
Last Line: And had to stay six months among the dead - %I was a glutton


SEPARATE WAY (5 - 1)       
First Line: The black sloop at anchor
Last Line: Row after row, %the street lamps burst into light


SEPARATE WAY (5 - 2)       
First Line: The branches, %sloping towards each other
Last Line: Drops of rain %become falling sparks


SEPARATE WAY (5 - 3)       
First Line: The swift river, foaming into waves
Last Line: Or ledge on ledge %rising in barren cliffs


SEPARATE WAY (5 - 4)       
First Line: The water is freezing in straight lines across the ripples
Last Line: Only the tired walker knows how much there is to climb, %howthe sidewalk curves into the cold wind


SEPARATE WAY (6)       
First Line: The clouds, piled in rows like merchandise
Last Line: The clean air of the streets %sweet after the smell of merchandise
Variant Title(s): Millinery Distric


SEPARATE WAY (7)       
First Line: Take no stock in the friendly words of friends
Last Line: We'll spare another friendly word for you; %and go our separate ways to death


SEPARATE WAY (8)       
First Line: So proudly she came into the subway car
Last Line: But does not move from his place, %well drilled in want


SEPARATE WAY (9)       
First Line: The night is warm
Last Line: Between the cobblestones of alleys and on the pavement of %avenues


SHORT HISTORY OF ISRAEL; NOTES AND GLOSSES (1 - 1)       
First Line: The prince who once left and ancient city
Last Line: To step out of the sea %among the breaking waves


SHORT HISTORY OF ISRAEL; NOTES AND GLOSSES (1 - 10)       
First Line: To wake at midnight
Last Line: And my house the least in israel; %am I also among the prophts?


SHORT HISTORY OF ISRAEL; NOTES AND GLOSSES (1 - 11)       
First Line: A hundred generations, yes, a hundred and twenty-five
Last Line: And feast because of you %on unleavened bread and herbs
Subject(s): Jews


SHORT HISTORY OF ISRAEL; NOTES AND GLOSSES (1 - 2)       
First Line: Despite this and despite this
Last Line: Why not, israel, %despite this and despite this, too?


SHORT HISTORY OF ISRAEL; NOTES AND GLOSSES (1 - 3)       
First Line: The pharaoh of the exodus is eight feet tall
Last Line: And the spearmen with frizzled beards %lean on their spears in the palace


SHORT HISTORY OF ISRAEL; NOTES AND GLOSSES (1 - 4)       
First Line: Wouldn't they have been surprised, saint louis and his
Last Line: In answer to your question %still denied me!


SHORT HISTORY OF ISRAEL; NOTES AND GLOSSES (1 - 5)       
First Line: Moses, who left a cool palace and pleasant walks
Last Line: You will not find it poison %as the gentiles do


SHORT HISTORY OF ISRAEL; NOTES AND GLOSSES (1 - 6)       
First Line: I have heard of this destruction
Last Line: Smelling a pungent weed, noting a bird's %two notes
Variant Title(s): The Lette


SHORT HISTORY OF ISRAEL; NOTES AND GLOSSES (1 - 7)       
First Line: On a seat in the subway, staring out of the window at
Last Line: Yet, neither very poor nor drunk, %why are you unhappy, aryan?


SHORT HISTORY OF ISRAEL; NOTES AND GLOSSES (1 - 8)       
First Line: A dead gull in the road
Last Line: Has there been a purge of jews %among the birds?


SHORT HISTORY OF ISRAEL; NOTES AND GLOSSES (1 - 9)       
First Line: I will go into the ghetto: the sunlight
Last Line: Breathe deeply: %how good and sweet the air is


SLAVE TRADE: NEW ORLEANS    Poem Text    
First Line: To begin with, the slaves had to wash themselves well
Subject(s): Slavery; Mothers; Grief; Serfs; Sorrow; Sadness


SPAIN:: ANNO 1492    Poem Text    
First Line: Torquemada. Now that castile and aragon in holy wedlock
Subject(s): Torquemada, Tomas De (1420-1498); Spain; Inquisition; Jews; Judaism


TE DEUM    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Not because of victories
Last Line: But at the common table
Subject(s): Praise


TESTIMONY (4 - 1)       
First Line: The company had advertised for men to unload a steamer
Last Line: Their hands slipping off and %reaching for the cakes of ice


TESTIMONY (4 - 2)       
First Line: Amelia was just fourteen and out of the orphan asylum; at
Last Line: Until the scalp was jerked from her head, %and the blood was coming down all over her face and waist


TESTIMONY (4 - 3)       
First Line: They had been married in italy in may
Last Line: Long john brought her a cup of coffee. %'drink it,' he said. 'never mind, never mind!'


TESTIMONY (4 - 4)       
First Line: Outside the night was cold, the snow was deep
Last Line: And, mother, if you are a beggar, sooner or latr, %there is poison in your bread


THE BREAD HAS BECOME MOLDY    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE HOUSE IN WHICH WE NOW LIVED WAS OLD    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Family Life; Youth; Fear; Household Employees; Relatives; Servants; Domestics; Maids


THE IDIOT    Poem Text    
First Line: With green stagnant eyes
Subject(s): Fathers


THE LAMPS ARE BURNING    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Jews; Religion; Anti-semitism; Judaism; Theology


THOUGH OUR THOUGHTS OFTEN, WE OURSELVES       
Last Line: I remember most 'good-by'


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (1)       
First Line: On stones mossed with hot dust, no shade but the thin,
Last Line: Rats, covered with rust, crep in and out. %the white edges of the clouds like veining in a stone


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (10)       
First Line: Isolde of the white hands and her knights, holding their noses
Last Line: At prisoners whose bellis soldiers open, pulling the guts into basins


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (11 - 1)       
First Line: Almost midnight. 'good night.' 'good night.'
Last Line: The black courtyard smells of water: it has been raining. %what were we talking about?


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (11 - 2)       
First Line: He leans back along the sofa. I talk. His fingers twitch
Last Line: I talk. I turn my pockets inside out. %in his oblique eyes a polite disdain


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (12)       
First Line: This noise in the subway will sound no louder than the wind
Last Line: Care %whether you ride in subways or on horses


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (13)       
First Line: Sparrows scream at the dawn one note
Last Line: How should they learn melody %in th street's noises?


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (14)       
First Line: The trees in the windless field like a herd asleep


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (15)       
First Line: The men in the field are almost through stacking rows of pale
Last Line: Yellow cornstalks. %on the lawn a girl is raking the leaves into a fire


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (16)       
First Line: We children used to cross the orchard, the brown earth covered
Last Line: Daisies and yellow daisies, goldenrod and buttercups. %it was so hot the field smelt of cake baking


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (17)       
First Line: After dinner, sunday afternoons, we boys would walk slowly
Last Line: Light after light, as the lamplighter went his way and women%lit the gas in kitchens to make supper


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (18)       
First Line: Swiftly the dawn became day. I went into the street
Last Line: Hidden in trees and on the roofs, %loudly and cheerfully the sparrows chirped


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (19)       
First Line: He showed me the album. 'but this?' I asked, surprised at
Last Line: They kept no lights in the window. A single gas jet flared in %the empty store


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (2)       
First Line: Scared dogs looking backwards with patient eyes
Last Line: This is where I walked night aftr night; %this is where I walked away many years


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (20)       
First Line: It had long been dark, though still an hour before supper
Last Line: On the street were long shadows of clods of snow. %he took his sled and went back into the house


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (21)       
First Line: Grandfather was growing blind. He sat in his chair beside the
Last Line: Tears rolled out of his blind eyes and fell upon his hands. %uncle came, bare-headed blood oozing ou


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (22)       
First Line: His sickness over, he was still abed
Last Line: He went down the stairs singing happily. %his father said, 'there's so much trouble - and he sings.'


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (23)       
First Line: At six o'clock it was pitch-dark. It might have been after
Last Line: The symmetry in growth and life on earth, our sense of order, %is not controlling in the universe


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (24)       
First Line: Their boarder had come to america before his wife and
Last Line: She wondered that she was not falling she went down the %stairs so fast


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (25)       
First Line: The trees at the end of the lawn were still as cliffs
Last Line: Each other's smiling face %and sleepy eyes


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (26)       
First Line: He woke in the dawn and saw in front of the house the
Last Line: Through it, %her yellow hair and the white flesh of her hands shone


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (27)       
First Line: On the counter were red slabs and rolls of beef. Bolognas
Last Line: He arose and went out. He walked down the street slowly, %asking himself if he wasn't a fool


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (28)       
First Line: His mother stepped about her kithen, complaining in a low
Last Line: He waited for kore at the other side of the pier, watching the %empty waves come in


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (29)       
First Line: The shop in which he worked was on the tenth floor. After six
Last Line: The third floor, the shop on the tenth. He would have to %pass windows and the stairwell always


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (3)       
First Line: When I was four years old my mother led me to the park
Last Line: The witch in my fairy-book came walking along. %she stooped to fish some mouldy grapes out of the gu


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (30)       
First Line: In high school she liked latin and the balances of algebra
Last Line: Self to her father. A good match, they all said. Besides, %home was uncomfortable with a nagging ste


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (31)       
First Line: When the boys next door practiced on the 'cello, he would
Last Line: When he reached home, he tried to walk upstairs, but afraid %of fainting, he went up on hands and kn


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (32)       
First Line: He was afraid to go through their grocery store, where his
Last Line: Borrow some? 'yes.' his father paused. %'I hope you get it.'


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (33)       
First Line: Passing the shop after school, he would look up at the sign
Last Line: Fruit juice dripping over the saucer. %he was growing fat


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (34)       
First Line: Her father and mother were anxious to see her married and
Last Line: He slapped her face. 'tell your fathr! And if he doesn't help %me out - !'


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (35)       
First Line: When he was four years old, he stood at the window during a
Last Line: Is my son's chance. %they did not tell him that his son was dead of influenza


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (36)       
First Line: In a month they would be married
Last Line: Of noting their children's quirks and screeches fearfully - %how the moonlight had been glittering I


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (37)       
First Line: Their new landlord was a handsome man. On his rounds to
Last Line: She married again. Her daughter married and had children. %she named none after her father


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (38)       
First Line: At night, after the day's work, he wrote. Year after year he
Last Line: The paper was good to scribble on. Then they tore it into bits. %at night the mother came home and s


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (39)       
First Line: When at forty he went to america, the family was glad to be
Last Line: Upon the sky. %he would chase them in his jerky way


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (4)       
First Line: Under cloud on cloud the lake is black
Last Line: Wheeling locomotives in the yard %pour their smoke into the crowded sky


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (40)       
First Line: As he read, his mother sat down beside him. Read me a
Last Line: Cotton sheets that she spread and ironed; %from the shelf the alarm-clock ticked and ticked rapidly


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (41)       
First Line: He had a rich uncle who sent him to a univrsity and would
Last Line: He went back to cigar peddling. His wife's hair had become %white, but it gave her new beauty


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (42)       
First Line: His father carved umbrella handles, but when umbrella
Last Line: He would just keep on. He had lost this world and knew there%was no other


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (43)       
First Line: A man made cloaks of material furnishd. The man for whom
Last Line: Engineers and make the boss - %why was he spending his life n such squabbles?


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (44)       
First Line: Both daughters had married well; their husbands earned
Last Line: I am sharpening a knife to kill my grandchildren, but not you: %you must pay for my board here


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (45)       
First Line: He had a house of his own and a store. His wife took care of
Last Line: He turned his face from mendel; and so they stood, two old %men


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (46)       
First Line: When the club met in her home, embarassed, she asked them
Last Line: Honor of your visit. I suppose you would like to hear %some of my poems. And he began to chant


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (47)       
First Line: The neighbors called her die schiesterka - the shoemaker's
Last Line: Drink the fresh air, children,' she shouted, %'drink, drink, ach gut! If only papa was here!'


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (48)       
Last Line: The stove bubbled and hissed. His friend walked up and %downthe cellar in shoes newly cobbled and bl


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (48)       
First Line: The shoemaker sat in the cellar's dusk beside his bench and
Last Line: The stove bubbled and hissed. His friend walked up and %downthe cellar in shoes newly cobbled and bl


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (5)       
First Line: Between factories the grease coils along the river
Last Line: Tugs drag their guts of smoke, like beetles stepped on


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (6)       
First Line: Out of the hills the trees bulge
Last Line: The sky hangs in lumps of cloud


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (7)       
First Line: All night the wind blew
Last Line: The wild geese far away %were flying south in squads


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (8)       
First Line: With broad bosom and hips, her head thrown back
Last Line: She parades, her high heels clacking, %having conquered troublesome youth and not yet afraid of age


URIEL ACCOSTA: A PLAY AND A FOURTH GROUP OF VERSE (9)       
First Line: Head bowed beneath her black turban, she glances up at her
Last Line: Daughter %who eyes in the mirror herself, yellow hair and beautiful face