The immense hope, and forbearanceTrailing out of night, to sidewalks of the dayLike air breathed into a paper city, exhaledAs night returns bringing doubtsThat swarm around the sleeper’s headBut are fended off with clubs and knives, so that morningInstalls again in cold hopeThe air that was yesterday, is what you are,In so many phases the head slips from the handThe tears ride freely, laughs or sobs:What do they matter? There is free giving and taking;The giant body relaxed as though besides a streamWakens to the force of it and has to recognizeThe secret sweetness before it turns into life—Sucked out of many exchanges, torn from the womb,Disinterred before completely head—and heavesIts mountain-broad chest…—John Ashbery, from “Spring Day”Art Credit George Holroyd

The immense hope, and forbearance
Trailing out of night, to sidewalks of the day
Like air breathed into a paper city, exhaled
As night returns bringing doubts

That swarm around the sleeper’s head
But are fended off with clubs and knives, so that morning
Installs again in cold hope
The air that was yesterday, is what you are,

In so many phases the head slips from the hand
The tears ride freely, laughs or sobs:
What do they matter? There is free giving and taking;
The giant body relaxed as though besides a stream
Wakens to the force of it and has to recognize
The secret sweetness before it turns into life—
Sucked out of many exchanges, torn from the womb,
Disinterred before completely head—and heaves

Its mountain-broad chest…

John Ashbery, from “Spring Day”
Art Credit George Holroyd

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