Friday, May 3, 2013

The Widow's Lament in Springtime

The Widow's Lament in Springtime
by William Carlos Williams

Sorrow is my own yard
where the new grass
flames as it has flamed
often before, but not
with the cold fire
that closes round me this year.
Thirty-five years
I lived with my husband.
The plum tree is white today
with masses of flowers.
Masses of flowers
load the cherry branches
and color some bushes
yellow and some red,
but the grief in my heart
is stronger than they,
for though they were my joy
formerly, today I notice them
and turn away forgetting.
Today my son told me
that in the meadows,
at the edge of the heavy woods
in the distance, he saw
trees of white flowers.
I feel that I would like
to go there
and fall into those flowers
and sink into the marsh near them.


  1. Forsythia is such a delight, the colour is like gold and reminds me that Spring is there.
    Wonderful DOF.
    Have a great weekend.

  2. 35 years is a long time. The grief of that loss would be nigh unbearable. (So why did I think of Virginia Woolf there at the end?!)


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