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William Jay Smith was born in 1918 in Winnfield, Louisiana. He studied...
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The World Below the Window

by William Jay Smith

The geraniums I left last night on the windowsill, 
To the best of my knowledge now, are out there still, 
And will be there as long as I think they will.

And will be there as long as I think that I 
Can throw the window open on the sky, 
A touch of geranium pink in the tail of my eye;

As long as I think I see, past leaves green-growing, 
Barges moving down a river, water flowing, 
Fulfillment in the thought of thought outgoing,

Fulfillment in the sight of sight replying, 
Of sound in the sound of small birds southward flying, 
In life life-giving, and in death undying.


From The World Below the Window: Poems 1937-1997 by William Jay Smith, page 3. Copyright © 1998 by William Jay Smith. Reprinted with the permission of Johns Hopkins University. All rights reserved.
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