By John Ashbery
Thrill of a Romance
It's various when you've got hiccups.
every little thing is—so many completely satisfied fingers competing
to your cognizance, a headscarf, a pant of soot,
or simply a blast of silence from a radio.
what's it? That's so that you can study
for your dismay whilst, on the finish of an extended queue
within the cafeteria, tray in hand, they let you know the gate closed down
after the second one international battle. Syracuse used to be declared capital
of a kingdom in malaise, however the directorate
had different, hidden objectives. To proclaim good judgment
a casualty of fact used to be one.
Everyone's solitude (and ensuing promiscuity)
perfumed the byways of villages we had notion civilized.
I observed you awaiting a streetcar and pressed ahead.
lamentably, you have been just a baby in armor. Now while ribald toasts
sail around a desk too reasonable laid out, why the results
are just dirt, illness and previous age. friendly stories
are only that. So I channel no matter what
into my contingency, a vein of mercury
that retains breaking out, larger up, extra on time
each time. Dirndls noticed with out of date plants,
worn within the urban back, advertise open discussion.
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Even less to walk back down, walk around near the stairs, and then—oh why not— go out, into the next room or even outside. What would be the matter with that? All of us go out at times and just as surely, we’re glad to get back in, where we can resume doing something we abandoned before, some task or something, even something quite silly if that’s the way we want it. Strange beauty queen, she neither slept nor swam. There was an opulent reservoir at her door. Many passed it admiringly, threw stones in it, swore to return another day when the weather was as beautiful as it is today.
So much for our sham naturalism, ego, my brother, faster of us two. Of what? Let me then ask you, as tide picks up tab, river that between us grew, mere commentary on agile literary thoughts’ dustbin commonplaces. Yet here and there a jewel gleamed, night’s dark fantasy, over before it began. Hail to something! Let bliss be unbuttoned in corners of the rash act’s explanation of it. 36 And dyed two, one new, none knew an honest periphery as other than rind of rhyme. The perfect attention snowed in sleep and no one asked their opinion of the remaining gents, off on a new tangent.
Let no one draw strength from that. Our climate turns its face toward the heights again. This would have been a powerful soul adventure in the old calendar. Now it’s just random effusiveness: ﬁrecrackers and maybe shots in adjacent streets. Well, have the car sent round while we stumble toward this strange thing: an anomaly. Don’t think the wind is doing you a favor by refusing to die down. It’s your shirt or its, though both of you are free to grovel when and if it seems appropriate to do so. , action as an excuse for inaction.
A Worldly Country: New Poems by John Ashbery