Jun 10

Summer Song, by William Carlos Williams

I’m a day late for Feels Friday, but it’s the weekend, so are we really going to let that bother us? Anyway, I refuse to allow a little old thing like time stop me from sharing a poem by one of my forever-favorites: William Carlos Williams (1883-1963).

First, a bit about the man: he was a Puerto-Rican American born in 1883 in Rutherford, NJ, who went on to receive his MD from the University of Pennsylvania. He not only practiced medicine thoughout his life, but was also an acclaimed poet. Among other honors, he was named United States Poet Laureate in 1952 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1963.

What he is probably most known for as a writer (and what I love best about his style) is his poetry’s accessibility. He often writes about every day subjects, in ordinary people’s lives. He shows us the poignancy and the beauty in the mundane. Although I can’t share some of my favorites among his poems (because they’re copyrighted), I would highly recommend giving them a read (*if you click on the title, the link will take you to the poem): The Red Wheelbarrow, This Is Just To Say, and Between Walls.

I am able to share this one (which is part of the public domain), however, and I thought it was appropriate for welcoming in the summer. Hope you enjoy (and have a great weekend)!

Image via Unsplash/Ramiro Martinez

Summer Song

by William Carlos Williams

Wanderer moon

smiling a

faintly ironical smile

at this

brilliant, dew-moistened

summer morning,–

a detached

sleepily indifferent

smile, a

wanderer’s smile,–

if I should

buy a shirt

your color and

put on a necktie


where would they carry me?


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    • Steve on June 10, 2017 at 10:45 am
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    Perfect poem for these recent days!

    1. Thank you, Steve! I’m glad you think so! Let’s hope it’ll help encourage the lovely weather to stay. Thanks for reading and commenting and I hope you’re enjoying this gorgeous day!

  1. thanks for the lovely poem, good WCW refresher 🙂

    1. Thank you! Glad to hear you’re a WCW fan, too! 🙂

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