Friday, December 5, 2008

if I in my north room

If I when my wife is sleeping
and the baby and Kathleen
are sleeping
and the sun is a flame-white disc
in silken mists
above shining trees,—
if I in my north room
dance naked, grotesquely
before my mirror
waving my shirt round my head
and singing softly to myself:
"I am lonely, lonely,
I was born to be lonely,
I am best so!"
If I admire my arms, my face,
my shoulders, flanks, buttocks
against the yellow drawn shades,—

Who shall say I am not
the happy genius of my household?

"Danse Russe" William Carlos Williams
Interior from Nightwood

5 comments:

victoria thorne said...

exquisite. thank you, again.

P said...

Such a wonderful pairing of poem and picture.

theue said...

lovely. all of it.

Rebel Girl said...

thanks for this ~

minirobot said...

beautiful.