Saturday, February 17, 2007

Nothing that is Not There

The Snow Man

Wallace Stevens

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold a juniper shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any miseries in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

1 comment:

Shields Templar said...

Re the "Mandy" number in "White Christmas" in which you listed the dancer as George Chakiris: with all due respect, I correct you-the dancer was the afore-mentioned John Brascia-he also did the practice dance-sequence with Vera-Ellen :