Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird


Stevens, Wallace, et Cetera


I

Among twenty snowy mountains

The only moving thing

Was the eye of the blackbird.

II

I was of three minds,

Like a tree

In which there are three blackbirds.

III

The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.

It was a small part of the pantomime.

IV

A man and a woman

Are one.

A man and a woman and a blackbird

Are one.

v

I do not know which to prefer,

The beauty of inflexions

Or the beauty of innuendos,

The blackbird whistling

Or just after.

VI

Icicles filled the long window

With barbaric glass.

The shadow of the blackbird

Crossed it, to and fro.

The mood

Traced in the shadow

An indecipherable cause.

VII

O thin men of Haddam,

Why do you imagine golden birds?

Do you not see how the blackbird

Walks around the feet

Of the women about you? …

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