The Botticellian Trees by William Carlos Williams

The alphabet of

the trees

is fading in the

song of the leaves

the crossing

bars of thin

letters that spelled


and the cold

have been illuminated


pointed green—

by the rain and sun—

The strict simple

principles of

straight branches

are being modified

by pinched-out

ifs of color, devout


the smiles of love—


unit the stript


move as a woman’s

limbs under a cloth

and praise from secrecy

quick with desire

love’s ascendancy

in summer—

In summer the song

sings itself

above the muffles words—

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