Poem by William Carlos Williams

I had to pick my kids up so I grabbed my library book
by William Carlos Williams to read while I waited curbside
called Collected or Selected Poems- something or other

A late August wind was stripping large yellow leaves
from anonymous trees surrounding the school neighborhood
but I was wrapped up in the Mexican flair of his name

He’s just a William Williams, how nonsensical and queer
I jeered- but with the Carlos part in the middle, who knew,
maybe there was something there- and there was this

Poem in the book that disturbed me as much as his moniker
which to me was out of sorts- yet peevishly fitting somehow-
anyway, this poem had a title I thought obscenely too long

“To Be Closely Written On A Small Piece of Paper Which Folded
Into A Tight Lozenge Will Fit Any Girl’s Locket”- and I typed it
in my phone and tucked it in my purse before the kids piled in

Written for Real Toads. After David Huerta’s, “Poem by Gottfried Benn”

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21 thoughts on “Poem by William Carlos Williams

  1. Nice, I like writing style and the nod to WC Williams ~ I specially like the poem title which is very long and I hope you read the notes after your chores ~ He is also a good poet, smiles ~

    Thanks for linking up with Real Toads and wishing you happy weekend ~

  2. I like they way you picked up both the image and poetic in Huerta’s poem, a sort of chatty assay on an encounter with another poet (there’s no other way we can learn to write poems) that entices us to read Williams in mid-tide of our lives. Poetry fits exactly there. I love Williams too, especially “The Ivy Crown.” When in doubt, go long.

  3. I think we all have a piece of literature that we take with ourselves to bed. Mine in particular is anything written by Edgar Allan Poe. I greatly enjoy how Poe uses a dark contrast in order to depict humanity. There is a lot to learn from it.

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