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January

Again I reply to the triple winds
running chromatic fifths of derision
outside my window:
                                  Play louder.
You will not succeed. I am
bound more to my sentences
the more you batter at me
to follow you.
                                  And the wind,
as before, fingers perfectly
its derisive music.

Credit


This poem is in the public domain.

About this Poem


“January” was published in Williams’s book Sour Grapes: a book of poems (The Four Seas Company, 1921).

Author


William Carlos Williams

Poet, novelist, essayist, and playwright William Carlos Williams is often said to have been one of the principal poets of the Imagist movement.

Date Published: 2016-01-02

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/january-3