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William Carlos Williams - Heel & Toe To The End

Gagarin says, in ecstasy, 
he could have 
gone on forever 

he floated 
at and sang 
and when he emerged from that 

one hundred eight minutes off 
the surface of 
the earth he was smiling. 

Then he returned 
to take his place 
among the rest of us 

from all that division and 
subtraction a measure 
to and heel 

heel and toe he felt 
as if he had 
been dancing

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Poet: William Carlos Williams
Poem: Heel & Toe To The End
Poem of the Day: Nov 20 2012

Comment 1 of 1, added on December 11th, 2008 at 2:21 PM.

What a neat poem. To me it says several different things. One, that anyone can experience extraordinary pleasure, be it ecstatic passion or dancing or whatever even if they can't fly to the moon. And that in these moments, you want this to never end. However, the man who did make this extraordinary journey, was nevertheless mortal with his feet on the ground, as in the title and came home to 'the rest of us' - the big sleep, when everything did end. Also, the poem may be saying that all pleasure is ultimately the same and is experienced in human, not superhuman terms.

C Warner from United Kingdom

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