When music is far enough away
the eyelid does not often move

and objects are still as lavender
without breath or distant rejoinder.

The cloud is then so subtly dragged
away by the silver flying machine

that the thought of it alone echoes
unbelievably; the sound of the motor falls

like a coin toward the ocean’s floor
and the eye does not flicker

as it does when in the loud sun a coin
rises and nicks the near air. Now,

slowly, the heart breathes to music
while the coins lie in wet yellow sand.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Frank O'Hara's poem A Quiet Poem

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  1. kayla says:

    you should really give more info for the poems just incase students have to give a book report and they need a feel of the subject.

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