Fall 1945 • Vol. VII No. 4 Poetry |

The Soldiers, the Birds, and the Monuments

All saunter in the park past ponds and rinks This public, shirt-sleeve holiday. So hatless, and with treats to give away, (Thus beasts pull tricks to nudge naive elders) All smile or stare their liberty away Like childreni wavering 'twixt distracting wonders. Leaves fall and flag and dye the trampled ground Whete statues with commnodious brow, the out- Stretched hand, deign with the civic poiseThough pigeons weight and interrupt that pose. Far-off a bell is battering stagnant time And picaresquely scoring 'gainst us all The idleness with which we use the day That flows now like a river through our eyes. They wander 'mid the five-cent stands And spectacles of tunnels, ponds and rinks With slow surprise, as if to seize The spaces of full-hearted emptiness, As if a genuised trident lurked above To prove the briny spurs and flowers and drugsOf that mad, pondered, rainy coil beneath. The leaves, three-quarter discourse of the year, Fall moodily, with unmethodical pleasure, Accordi

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By Jean Garrigue

All saunter in the park past ponds and rinks This public, shirt-sleeve holiday. So hatless, and with treats to give away, (Thus beasts pull tricks to nudge naive elders) All […]

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By Jean Garrigue

All saunter in the park past ponds and rinks This public, shirt-sleeve holiday. So hatless, and with treats to give away, (Thus beasts pull tricks to nudge naive elders) All […]

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