The plants against the light which shines in (it’s four o’clock) right on my chair: I’m in my chair: are silhouettes, barely green, growing black as my eyes move right, right to where the sun is.
I am blinded by a fiery circle: I can’t see what I write. A man comes down iron stairs (I don’t look up) and picks up brushes which, against a sonata of Scriabin’s, rattle like wind in a bamboo clump. A wooden sound, and purposeful footsteps softened by a drop-cloth-covered floor. To be encubed in flaming splendor, one foot on a Chinese rug, while the mad emotive music tears at my heart. Rip it open: I want to cleanse it in an icy wind.
And what kind of tripe is that? Still, last night I did wish— no, that’s my business and I don’t wish it now. “Your poems,” a clunkhead said, “have grown more open.” I don’t want to be open, merely to say, to see and say, things as they are. That at my elbow there is a wicker table. Hortus Second says a book. The fields beyond the feeding sparrows are brown, palely brown yet with an inward glow like that of someone of a frank good nature whom you trust. I want to hear the music hanging in the air and drink my Coca-Cola. The sun is off me now, the sky begins to color up, the air in here is filled with wildly flying notes. Yes, the sun moves off to the right and prepares to sink, setting, beyond the dunes, an ocean on fire.
James Schuyler (p.13 in The Morning of the Poem; p. 233 in Collected Poems)