The Dark Day
by William Carlos Williams
[from Sour Grapes (1921)]
A three-day-long rain from the east–
an interminable talking, talking
of no consequence–patter, patter, patter.
Hand in hand little winds
blow the thin streams aslant.
Warm. Distance cut off. Seclusion.
A few passers-by, drawn in upon themselves,
hurry from one place to another.
Winds of the white poppy! there is no escape!–
An interminable talking, talking,
talking . . . it has happened before.
Backward, backward, backward.