Pastoral

by


Pastoral was published in Williams' collection, Al Que Quiere! A Book of Poems (1917).
An illustration for the story Pastoral by the author William Carlos Williams
House sparrows in Pakistan, 2008
An illustration for the story Pastoral by the author William Carlos Williams
House sparrows in Pakistan, 2008
An illustration for the story Pastoral by the author William Carlos Williams
The little sparrows
hop ingenuously
about the pavement
quarreling
with sharp voices
over those things
that interest them.
But we who are wiser
shut ourselves in
on either hand
and no one knows
whether we think good
or evil.
Meanwhile,
the old man who goes about
gathering dog-lime
walks in the gutter
without looking up
and his tread
is more majestic than
that of the Episcopal minister
approaching the pulpit
of a Sunday.
These things
astonish me beyond words.

Pastoral was featured as The Short Story of the Day on Mon, Sep 17, 2018

Featured in our collection of 100 Great Poems/Nature Poems and Poetry for Students


8.5

facebook share button twitter share button google plus share button tumblr share button reddit share button email share button share on pinterest pinterest


Create a library and add your favorite stories. Get started by clicking the "Add" button.
Add Pastoral to your own personal library.

Return to the William Carlos Williams Home Page, or . . . Read the next poem; Riposte

Anton Chekhov
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Susan Glaspell
Mark Twain
Edgar Allan Poe
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Herman Melville
Stephen Leacock
Kate Chopin
Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson