Weldon Kees Door Poems

  • 1.
    The obscene hostess, mincing in the hall,
    Gathers the guests around a crystal ball.
    It is on the whole an exciting moment;
    Mrs. Lefevre stares with her one good eye;
  • 2.
    Robinson at cards at the Algonquin; a thin
    Blue light comes down once more outside the blinds.
    Gray men in overcoats are ghosts blown past the door.
    The taxis streak the avenues with yellow, orange, and red.
  • 3.
    The porchlight coming on again,
    Early November, the dead leaves
    Raked in piles, the wicker swing
    Creaking. Across the lots
  • 4.
    Over the river and through the woods
    To grandmotherâ??s house we go ...

  • 5.
    The tower bell in the Tenth Street Church
    Rang out nostalgia for the refugee
    Who knew the source of bells by sound.
    We liked it, but in ignorance.
  • 6.
    Somewhere in Chelsea, early summer;
    And, walking in the twilight toward the docks,
    I thought I made out Robinson ahead of me.

  • 7.
    Curtains drawn back, the door ajar.
    All winter long, it seemed, a darkening
    Began. But now the moonlight and the odors of the street
    Conspire and combine toward one community.
  • 8.
    Unmanageable as history: these
    Followers of Tammuz to the land
    That offered no return, where dust
    Grew thick on every bolt and door. And so the world
  • 9.
    Not a third that walks beside me,
    But five or six or more.
    Whether at dusk or daybreak
    Or at blinding noon, a retinue
Total 9 Door Poems by Weldon Kees

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