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Weldon Kees Short Poems

Famous Short Weldon Kees Poems. Short poetry by famous poet Weldon Kees. A collection of the all-time best Weldon Kees short poems


by Weldon Kees
 When the coal
Gave out, we began
Burning the books, one by one;
First the set
Of Bulwer-Lytton
And then the Walter Scott.
They gave a lot of warmth.
Toward the end, in February, flames Consumed the Greek Tragedians and Baudelaire, Proust, Robert Burton And the Po-Chu-i.
Ice Thickened on the sills.
More for the sake of the cat, We said, than for ourselves, Who huddled, shivering, Against the stove All winter long.



by Weldon Kees
 For a while
Let it be enough:
The responsive smile,
Though effort goes into it.
Across the warm room Shared in candlelight, This look beyond shame, Possible now, at night, Goes out to yours.
Hidden by day And shaped by fires Grown dead, gone gray, That burned in other rooms I knew Too long ago to mark, It forms again.
I look at you Across those fires and the dark.

by Weldon Kees
 Last summer, in the blue heat,
Over the beach, in the burning air,
A legless beggar lurched on calloused fists
To where I waited with the sun-dazed birds.
He said, "The summer boils away.
My life Joins to another life; this parched skin Dries and dies and flakes away, Becomes your costume when the torn leaves blow.
" --Thus in the losing autumn, Over the streets, I now lurch Legless to your side and speak your name Under a gray sky ripped apart By thunder and the changing wind.