A Poem a Day: WCW

Today’s selection is from the cool cat William Carlos Williams.

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“Landscape with the Fall of Icarus”

According to Brueghel                                                                                                                    when Icarus fell                                                                                                                                      it was spring

a farmer was ploughing                                                                                                                          his field                                                                                                                                                  the whole pageantry

of the year was                                                                                                                               awake tingling                                                                                                                                   near

the edge of the sea                                                                                                                      concerned                                                                                                                                            with itself

sweating in the sun                                                                                                                            that melted                                                                                                                                            the wings’ wax

unsignificantly                                                                                                                                      off the coast                                                                                                                                            there was

a splash quite unnoticed                                                                                                                    this was                                                                                                                                             Icarus drowning

Note: This is the painting Williams wrote his poem about:

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus (Pieter Brueghel the Elder, circa 1558)

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus (Pieter Brueghel the Elder, circa 1558)

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