John Crowe Ransom

(30 April 1888 - 3 July 1974 / Pulaski Tennessee)

April Treason


So he took her as anointed
In the part he had appointed,
She was lips for smiling faintly,
Eyes to look and level quaintly,
Length of limb and splendors of the bust
Which he honored as he must.


Queen of women playing model,
Pure of brow but brain not idle,
Sitting in her silence meetly,
Let her adjective be stately;
So he thought his art would manage right
In the honest Northern light.


But he fashioned it too coldly,
April broke-and-entered boldly,
Thinking how to suit the season’s
Odor, savor, heats and treasons:
Painter! do not stoop and play the host
Lest the man come uppermost.


Yet he knew that he was altered
When the perfect woman faltered,
Languish in her softly speaking,
Anguish, even, in her looking:
All the art had fled his fingertips
So he bent and kissed her lips.


He and Venus took their pleasure,
Then he turned upon his treasure,
Took and trampled it with loathing,
Flung it over cliffs to nothing;
Glittering in the sunlight while it fell
Like a lovely shattered shell.


Strict the silence that came onward
As they trod the foothill downward,
One more mocking noon of April,
Mischief always is in April;
Still she touched his fingers cold as ice
And recited, “It was nice.”

Submitted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

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

What do you think this poem is about?



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 (April Treason by John Crowe Ransom )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Lost Melody, Patrick Ladbrooke
  2. A Rich Man's World, Fareez Nasir
  3. PH: Nature: Canoeing the Mississippi #4, Brian Johnston
  4. Dandelion Dreams, Richard D. Remler
  5. गोजाननि खौरां, Ronjoy Brahma
  6. Let us believe, hasmukh amathalal
  7. Christmas Again, Katherine Nordhaus
  8. Money, Katherine Nordhaus
  9. Older, Frank Avon
  10. A question to seasons, Melikhaya Zagagana

Poem of the Day

poet Charles Stuart Calverley

He stood, a worn-out City clerk —
Who'd toil'd, and seen no holiday,
For forty years from dawn to dark —
Alone beside Caermarthen Bay.
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. On the Pulse of Morning, Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. Peace. A Study, Charles Stuart Calverley
  6. If, Rudyard Kipling
  7. On the Ning Nang Nong, Spike Milligan
  8. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  9. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  10. A Fairy Song, William Shakespeare

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]