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Williams’s Song



I’d rather read an account
of a hidden
Carolina swamp where
the white heron breeds
protected from
the hunters reached only across
half sunken logs a place
difficult of access the females
building their nests
in the stifling heat the males
in their mating splendor
than to witness

finish reading here

William Carlos Williams, Song first published in Harper’s, June, 1961.

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