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September 28, 2006

Friday Poem

Filed under: artists & family,poetry — alecsothblog @ 11:45 pm

Along with being one of my all-time favorite poems, this perfectly addresses the recent topic of art and family:

Danse Russe
by William Carlos Williams

If 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?


  1. Lovely poem, as a husband and father of three wee little girls, it made me smile. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Eric Godfrey — September 29, 2006 @ 10:03 am

  2. Oh Yes, This I know all to well! Grin Grin 🙂

    Comment by michael(big bro) — September 29, 2006 @ 10:14 am

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