A Pact

I make a pact with you, Walt Whitman -
I have detested you long enough.
I come to you as a grown child
Who has had a pig-headed father;
I am old enough now to make friends.
It was you that broke the new wood,
Now is a time for carving.
We have one sap and one root -
Let there be commerce between us.

by Ezra Pound

Comments (12)

i would like to know what was W. W. answer
Beautiful poem really heart touching
Masterful poem has been worked and re-worked to seem spontaneous. Beautifully shaped lines advance a generous argument, stroke by stroke.
Nice poem. Enjoyed. 'Now is a time for carving. We have one sap and one root - Let there be commerce between us. '..is beautiful.
What I like about Pound is in this poem and his ballad The Goodly Fere. It is the mark of self-awareness—if not more—to admit we’re wrong, yes? This poem is so direct as to appear spontaneous. Perhaps some may think artless. But it has two excellent metaphors, excellent in part because they’re so accessible, so relatable. GK
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