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Short poem

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)


              1Oh, black Persian cat!
              2Was not your life
              3already cursed with offspring?
              4We took you for rest to that old
              5Yankee farm, -- so lonely
              6and with so many field mice
              7in the long grass --
              8and you return to us
              9in this condition --!

            10Oh, black Persian cat.


1] Cf. "mujer" (Spanish, `woman').

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: William Carlos Williams, A Book of Poems. Al Que Quiere! (Boston: The Four Seas Company, 1917): 33-34. York University Library Special Collections 5773.
First publication date: December 1916
Publication date note: Others 3.4 (Dec. 1916)
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/2/20

Form note: short unrhyming rhythmic lines

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