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The Term

William Carlos Williams

A rumpled sheet

of brown paper

about the length


and apparent bulk

of a man was

rolling with the


wind slowly over

and over in

the street as


a car drove down

upon it and

crushed it to


the ground. Unlike

a man it rose

again rolling


with the wind over

and over to be as

it was before.


From The North No 9 (1990).

Originally published in Collected Poems 1909-1939: Volume I by William Carlos Williams© 1938 by New Directions Publishing Corp. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp.

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