William Carlos Williams

(17 September 1883 – 4 March 1963 / New Jersey)

A Sort of a Song

Let the snake wait under
his weed
and the writing
be of words, slow and quick, sharp
to strike, quiet to wait,
-- through metaphor to reconcile
the people and the stones.
Compose. (No ideas
but in things) Invent!
Saxifrage is my flower that splits
the rocks.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: metaphor, snake, flower, people, song

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A Sort of a Song by William Carlos Williams )

Enter the verification code :

  • Christopher Manuel Garc�a Vega (12/31/2009 12:26:00 AM)

    if you try to give a lesson, do it by an example. there's no better way to show how to do things than by showing it really... the first image of this poem seems to be some sort of denial of a previous example, as there is a piece of a advice that tells the reader to 'let the snake wait under his weed', as though it were something bad to disturbd the snake, and, what does the snake remind us of? treachery, death, perhaps, hypocrisy... 'let the snake wait under his weed' and make the flower break the stone, as though you wanted to penetrate a heart, as though you wanted to maculate the sun, with a word... (Report) Reply

  • Gwilym Williams (7/5/2005 11:48:00 AM)

    Even the best poets only really hit the mark perhaps one time in five. This is one of those times. (Report) Reply

Read all 3 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  2. My Sweet Little Kid, Ramesh Shrestha
  3. Heavy morning, Robo Cat
  4. good-morning babe, don't say good-night, Mandolyn Davidson
  5. I Am But a Small Voice, F. J. Thomas
  6. Blueberry Muffins, Sandra Feldman
  7. ode to enmity, Shanika marini Paul
  8. hair poem, lee fones
  9. Midnight, binod bastola
  10. you hush your heart to keep me down, Mandolyn Davidson

Poem of the Day

poet Pablo Neruda

I want you to know
one thing.

You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
...... Read complete »

[Hata Bildir]