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William Carlos Williams - Portrait Of A Lady

Your thighs are appletrees
whose blossoms touch the sky.
Which sky? The sky
where Watteau hung a lady's
slipper. Your knees
are a southern breeze—or
a gust of snow. Agh! what
sort of man was Fragonard?
—As if that answered
anything.—Ah, yes. Below
the knees, since the tune
drops that way, it is
one of those white summer days,
the tall grass of your ankles
flickers upon the shore—
Which shore?—
the sand clings to my lips—
Which shore?
Agh, petals maybe. How
should I know?
Which shore? Which shore?
—the petals from some hidden
appletree—Which shore?
I said petals from an appletree.

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Poet: William Carlos Williams
Poem: Portrait Of A Lady
Poem of the Day: Sep 3 2007

Comment 2 of 2, added on March 25th, 2012 at 5:43 PM.

Paraphrasis the meaning

Toal kuok from Sudan
Comment 1 of 2, added on March 22nd, 2006 at 12:48 PM.

William Carlos Williams was able to make ends meet through his medical practice delivering over a thousand babies. He must have spent some considerable time between womens' thighs, huh?

Dominic Murphy from United States

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