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Poem by William Carlos Williams


Why do I write today?

The beauty of 
the terrible faces
of our nonenties
stirs me to it:

coloured women
day workers
old and experiences-
returning home at dusk 
in cast off clothing
faces like
old Florentine oak.


The set pieces
Of our faces stir me-
leading citizens-
but not
in the same way.

William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams's other poems:
  1. Berket and the Stars
  2. A Celebration
  3. The Late Singer
  4. March
  5. Spring and All

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Amy Lowell Apology ("Be not angry with me that I bear")
  • Joyce Kilmer Apology ("(For Eleanor Rogers Cox)")

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