viernes, 21 de abril de 2017

Portrait of a Woman in Bed

Resting (1887)Antonio Mancini.

There's my things
drying in the corner:
that blue skirt joined to the grey shirt—

I'm sick of trouble! 
Lift the covers 
if you want me
and you'll see the rest of my clothes—
though it would be cold
lying with nothing on! 

I won't work 
and I've no cash. 
What are you going to do 
about it? 
—and no jewelry 
(the crazy fools)

But I've my two eyes 
and a smooth face 
and here's this! look!
it's high! 

There's brains and blood
in there— 
my name's Robitza! 
can go to the devil—
and drawers along with them– 
What do I care!

 My two boys? 
—they're keen!
Let the rich lady 
care for them— 
they'll beat the school 
let them go to the gutter— 
that ends trouble.

This house was empty 
isn't it? 
Then it's mine 
because I need it. 
Oh, I won't starve 
while there's the Bible 
to make them feed me. 

Try to help me
if you want trouble 
or leave me alone— 
that ends trouble. 

The county physician 
is a damned fool 
and you 
can go to hell! 

You could have closed the door
when you came in; 
do it when you go out.
I'm tired.

The Collected Poems vol. I (1909-1939) (1991), William Carlos Williams. 

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