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Francesca

About this Poem 

“Francesca” was published in Pound’s book Exultations (E. Matthews, 1909).

Francesca

Ezra Pound, 1885 - 1972

You came in out of the night
And there were flowers in your hands,
Now you will come out of a confusion of people,
Out of a turmoil of speech about you.

I who have seen you amid the primal things
Was angry when they spoke your name
In ordinary places.
I would that the cool waves might flow over my mind,
And that the world should dry as a dead leaf,
Or as a dandelion seed-pod and be swept away,
So that I might find you again,
Alone.
 

This poem is in the public domain.

This poem is in the public domain.