Donald Justice White Poems
- 1. Sadness
Dear ghosts, dear presences, O my dear parents,
Why were you so sad on porches, whispering?
What great melancholies were loosed among our swings!
- 2. Variations On A Text By Vallejo
Me morirÃ© en Paris con aguacero ...
I will die in Miami in the sun,
On a day when the sun is very bright,
- 3. Banjo Dog Variations
Tramps on the road: floating clouds. OLD CHINESE POEM
- 4. Absences
It's snowing this afternoon and there are no flowers.
There is only this sound of falling, quiet and remote,
Like the memory of scales descending the white keys
Of a childhood piano- outside the window, palms!
- 5. Extraits
The Man Closing Up,' from Night Light' (1967),
would make his bed,
If he could sleep on it.
- 6. Nostalgia Of The Lakefronts
Cities burn behind us; the lake glitters.
A tall loudspeaker is announcing prizes;
Another, by the lake, the times of cruises.
Childhood, once vast with terrors and surprises,