a great i

so much depends
upon

a great tear-
able

a great omni-
potent

a great i with clean
hands.

{after William Carlos Williams
for  Fireblossom at Real Toads}

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18 thoughts on “a great i

  1. Excellent. At first, I saw the structure and immediately thought parody. Then, reading the words, I realized it was anything but. This honors, this is an homage, this is a prayer. Just gorgeous. Happy Valentine’s Day.

  2. Yes, I thought of Williams. My students used to argue with me about the meaning of the poem and why it was worth anthologizing at all. I like the “great i” here with clean hands, omnipotent, ready to tear (or tear). Sounds like Mom. Or God. Or Mama God. Thank you!

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