Thursday, April 14, 2011

Day 32

The Red Wheelbarrow (by William Carlos Williams)

so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

beside the white

"The Red Wheelbarrow is a poem by and often considered the masterwork of American 20th-century writer William Carlos Williams.  The 1923 poem exemplifies the Imagist-influenced philosophy of 'no ideas but in things.'"

Yes, I love this poem and had to dissect its simple complexity while completing my studies as an English major in college!

But all of that seems so silly now as I contemplate the wheelbarrow in my own backyard, caked with red dirt, beside the garden shed!  Yes, we depend upon this wheelbarrow for utilitarian purposes, just as the poem indicates, but even more so for joy rides up and down the street!
How long has it been since you've taken a ride in a wheelbarrow!
;-) Missi

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