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Delmore Schwartz - Calmly We Walk Through This April's Day

Calmly we walk through this April's day,
Metropolitan poetry here and there,
In the park sit pauper and rentier,
The screaming children, the motor-car
Fugitive about us, running away,
Between the worker and the millionaire
Number provides all distances,
It is Nineteen Thirty-Seven now,
Many great dears are taken away,
What will become of you and me
(This is the school in which we learn...)
Besides the photo and the memory?
(...that time is the fire in which we burn.)

(This is the school in which we learn...)
What is the self amid this blaze?
What am I now that I was then
Which I shall suffer and act again,
The theodicy I wrote in my high school days
Restored all life from infancy,
The children shouting are bright as they run
(This is the school in which they learn . . .)
Ravished entirely in their passing play!
(...that time is the fire in which they burn.)

Avid its rush, that reeling blaze!
Where is my father and Eleanor?
Not where are they now, dead seven years,
But what they were then?
                                 No more? No more?
From Nineteen-Fourteen to the present day,
Bert Spira and Rhoda consume, consume
Not where they are now (where are they now?)
But what they were then, both beautiful;

Each minute bursts in the burning room,
The great globe reels in the solar fire,
Spinning the trivial and unique away.
(How all things flash! How all things flare!)
What am I now that I was then?
May memory restore again and again
The smallest color of the smallest day:
Time is the school in which we learn,
Time is the fire in which we burn.

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Poet: Delmore Schwartz
Poem: Calmly We Walk Through This April's Day
Year: Published/Written in 1937

Comment 1 of 1, added on March 12th, 2012 at 8:57 PM.
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Reza Esfandiari says: March 1, 2011 at 2:40 pmYou are, I am led to conclude, a much eoyngur man than I and thus have patience that is inspired by hope for future amelioration of all this foolishness.I, on the other hand, am too old and too impatient with those who, mostly out of malice and envy, are making lives difficult for others.Truly, there is nothing for young people in the Middle East but suffocation, restriction, oppression, etc.

Sammie from Paraguay

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