Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Red Wheelbarrow

Red Wheelbarrow
by Gideon Burton
after William Carlos Williams

So much depends upon the window pane
above the double sink that frames the yard
where she is watching as the evening wanes,
The light is growing heavy, thick, and hard.
The wheelbarrow is sitting on its side,
its rust invisible against the mist,
the tire caked with mud.  She stays inside
and sometimes wipes her forehead with her wrist.
The chickens do not seem to feel the rain
or hear it tap the metal barrow's edge.
She tries to see how little day remains
by peering from her kitchen's little ledge.
     So much depends upon the glazing wet
     arrangement inked in silty silhouette.

Photo: flickr - sgrace

The Red Wheelbarrow
by William Carols Williams

so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

beside the white

1 comment:

  1. I admit, I've always been a little wary of spins off of the Red Wheelbarrow--for me it has always felt very complete in its simplicity. But I love your tribute! The details you've used make it feel like you've taken a different photograph on the same day, from a slightly different angle. And the sonnet form allows for the same elegant simplicity of the original.