Winter Trees

Photo: © S. Bertrand. All rights reserved.

All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.


by William Carlos Williams


William Carlos Williams, born 1883, was a doctor for more than forty years in the New Jersey town of Rutherford. He was a celebrated innovator of poetry. His last book, Pictures From Brueghel, won a Pulitzer Prize. Williams died in his sleep in 1963.