Riposte was published in Williams' collection, Al Que Quiere! A Book of Poems (1917).
Heart, we will forget him!
Heart-shaped lock, tobacco label, 1887
Love is like water or the air
my townspeople;
it cleanses, and dissipates evil gases.
It is like poetry too
and for the same reasons.
Love is so precious
my townspeople
that if I were you I would
have it under lock and key—
like the air or the Atlantic or
like poetry!

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