To Build A Quiet City In His Mind

To build a quiet city in his mind:
A single overwhelming wish; to build,
Not hastily, for there is so much wind,
So many eager smilers to be killed,
Obstructions one might overlook in haste:
The ruined structures cluttering the past,


A little at a time and slow is best,
Crawling as though through endless corridors,
Remembering always there are many doors
That open to admit the captured guest
Once only.
Yet in spite of loss and guilt
And hurricanes of time, it might be built:


A refuge, permanent, with trees that shade
When all the other cities die and fade.

by Weldon Kees

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I really enjoyed reading this awsome poem by you It is so nice, how simple your words drew a picture in my mind I saw what you saw Your words were very effective
I really enjoyed reading this awsome poem by you It is so nice, how simple your words drew a picture in my mind I saw what you saw Your words were very effective
Beautiful poem! ! This reads like a litany of physical conditions that all carry emotional energy. In the end all of these images converge to a single point in the hope, against all the odds, that attends a human birth.
This poem is quite well-written, you have a true gift, hold onto it and don't forget it.
Your wording is fresh and very effective i am enjoying your work
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