William Carlos Williams


Crooked, black tree
on your little grey-black hillock,
ridiculously raised one step toward
the infinite summits of the night:
even you the few grey stars
draw upward into a vague melody
of harsh threads.

Bent as you are from straining
against the bitter horizontals of 
a north wind, — there below you
how easily the long yellow notes
of poplars flow upward in a descending
scale, each note secure in its own
posture — singularly woven.

All voices are blent willingly
against the heaving contra-bass
of the dark but you alone
warp yourself passionately to one side
in your eagerness.

spoken = Leon Branton