Treasure Island

William De Witt Snodgrass

(January 5, 1926 – January 13, 2009 / Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania)

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  • kskdnj sajn (5/30/2006 8:26:00 AM)

    Monet: “Les Nymphéas”
    by W. D. Snodgrass


    The eyelids glowing, some chill morning.
    O world half-known through opening, twilit lids
    Before the vague face clenches into light;
    O universal waters like a cloud,
    Like those first clouds of half-created matter;
    O all things rising, rising like the fumes
    From waters falling, O forever falling;
    Infinite, the skeletal shells that fall, relinquished,
    The snowsoft sift of the diatoms, like selves
    Downdrifting age upon age through milky oceans;
    O slow downdrifting of the atoms;
    O island nebulae and O the nebulous islands
    Wandering these mists like falsefires, which are true,
    Bobbing like milkweed, like warm lanterns bobbing
    Through the snowfilled windless air, blinking and passing
    As we pass into the memory of women
    Who are passing. Within those depths
    What ravening? What devouring rage?
    How shall our living know its ends of yielding?
    These things have taken me as the mouth an orange—
    That acrid sweet juice entering every cell;
    And I am shared out. I become these things:
    These lilies, if these things are water lilies
    Which are dancers growing dim across no floor;
    These mayflies; whirled dust orbiting in the sun;
    This blossoming diffused as rushlights; galactic vapors;
    Fluorescence into which we pass and penetrate;
    O soft as the thighs of women;
    O radiance, into which I go on dying...

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  • Laura Laub (6/10/2004 6:22:00 PM)

    For Mr. W. D. Snodgrass

    If I could only write your way
    That would be my happiest day
    To touch the soul of every kind
    To open up every mind

    Oh, if Icould only write your way
    What is it I would say?

    Your words, your thoughts
    Will always stay
    Imbedded in my heart
    Til darkness has swept me away

A Locked House

As we drove back, crossing the hill,
The house still
Hidden in the trees, I always thought—
A fool’s fear—that it might have caught
Fire, someone could have broken in.
As if things must have been
Too good here. Still, we always found
It locked tight, safe and sound.

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