Thursday, December 31, 2015

Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock ~by Wallace Stevens

Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock
by Wallace Stevens
poet 1879-1955

The houses are haunted
By white night gowns.
None are green,
Or purple with green rings,
Or green with yellow rings,
Or yellow with blue rings.
None of them are strange,
With socks of lace
And beaded ceintures.
People are not going
To dream of baboons and periwinkles.
Only, here and there, an old sailor,
Drunk and asleep in his boots,
Catches tigers
In red weather.
~Wallace Stevens