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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
Voyage à l’Infini
 
Walter Conrad Arensberg
 
 
THE SWAN existing
Is like a song with an accompaniment
Imaginary.
 
Across the grassy lake,
Across the lake to the shadow of the willows,        5
It is accompanied by an image,
—as by Debussy’s
“Reflets dans l’eau”.
 
The swan that is
Reflects        10
Upon the solitary water—breast to breast
With the duplicity:
“The other one!”
 
And breast to breast it is confused.
O visionary wedding! O stateliness of the procession!        15
It is accompanied by the image of itself
Alone.
 
At night
The lake is a wide silence,
Without imagination.        20
 

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