Saturday, November 24, 2007

Wallace Stevens

The Plain Sense of Things

After the leaves have fallen, we return

To a plain sense of things. It is as if
We had come to an end of the imagination,
Inanimate in an inert savoir.

It is difficult even to choose the adjective
For this blank cold, this sadness without cause.
The great structure has become a minor house.
No turban walks across the lessened floors.

The greenhouse never so badly needed paint.
The chimney is fifty years old and slants to one side.
A fantastic effort has failed, a repetition
In a repetitiousness of men and flies.

Yet the absence of the imagination had Itself to be imagined. The great pond,
The plain sense of it, without reflections, leaves,
Mud, water like dirty glass, expressing silence

Of a sort, silence of a rat come out to see,
The great pond and its waste of lilies, all this
Had to be imagined as an inevitable knowledge.
Required, as a necessity requires.

(*posted today for the lovely Ms. Glamourpuss)


Glamourpuss said...

Thank you. I am sorry it's taken me a few days to get here.

It is eloquent.


August said...

Oh, no need for thanks. Only wanted to send you a little something to let you know I was thinking of you and how much your words moved me.