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Il miglior fabbro
I barely saw it mentioned this year, but today was National Poetry Day. The theme for this year was "The Future", but I'm going to ignore that and instead just allow myself to be reminded to "post a poem" as per recent trend on LiveJournal (at least two with one stone: Janet needs another 'meme' like she needs her arm broken by a swan).

I'm posting these without further commentary because they speak for themselves; there's nothing that the clumsy prose pastiches or (at best) homages that I would construct could add.



The winter evening settles down
With smell of steaks in passageways.
Six o’clock.
The burnt-out ends of smoky days.
And now a gusty shower wraps
The grimy scraps
Of withered leaves about your feet
And newspapers from vacant lots;
The showers beat
On broken blinds and chimney-pots,
And at the corner of the street
A lonely cab-horse steams and stamps.
And then the lighting of the lamps.


The morning comes to consciousness
Of faint stale smells of beer
From the sawdust-trampled street
With all its muddy feet that press
To early coffee-stands.
With the other masquerades
That time resumes,
One thinks of all the hands
That are raising dingy shades
In a thousand furnished rooms.


You tossed a blanket from the bed,
You lay upon your back, and waited;
You dozed, and watched the night revealing
The thousand sordid images
Of which your soul was constituted;
They flickered against the ceiling.
And when all the world came back
And the light crept up between the shutters
And you heard the sparrows in the gutters,
You had such a vision of the street
As the street hardly understands;
Sitting along the bed’s edge, where
You curled the papers from your hair,
Or clasped the yellow soles of feet
In the palms of both soiled hands.


His soul stretched tight across the skies
That fade behind a city block,
Or trampled by insistent feet
At four and five and six o’clock;
And short square fingers stuffing pipes,
And evening newspapers, and eyes
Assured of certain certainties,
The conscience of a blackened street
Impatient to assume the world.

I am moved by fancies that are curled
Around these images, and cling:
The notion of some infinitely gentle
Infinitely suffering thing.

Wipe your hand across your mouth, and laugh;
The worlds revolve like ancient women
Gathering fuel in vacant lots.
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From: besskeloid Date: October 6th, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for these verses.
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: October 6th, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eliot on the depressing mediocrities of modern life always makes me want to shout "Scale error !" and point at this and jump up and down a lot, but really...

Janet needs another 'meme' like she needs her arm broken by a swan.

...IHNP, IJWS "Take me to your Leda."
juggzy From: juggzy Date: October 6th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
darcydodo From: darcydodo Date: October 6th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
today was National Poetry Day

Well then, I'm glad I've been teaching my students about Latin poetry this week. :)
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