30 May 2006

William Carlos Williams

[excerpt from "Tract"]

I will teach you my townspeople
how to perform a funeral . . .

Walk behind—as they do in France,
seventh class, or if you ride
Hell take curtains! Go with some show
of inconvenience; sit openly—
to the weather as to grief.
Or do you think you can shut grief in?
What—from us? We who have perhaps
nothing to lose? Share with us
share with us—it will be money
in your pockets.
                        Go now
I think you are ready.

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