Pam Webb

a writer's journey as a reader

NPM: #4–Ezra and Francesca


Ezra Pound, 18851972

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,

Ezra Pound imagery is always so mesmerizing. I want to research Francesca to see what it was about her that a poem would speak so eloquently about the need to be alone with her…again. Sounds like the makings of a lovely Italian mystery set in the thirties or forties.

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One thought on “NPM: #4–Ezra and Francesca

  1. I agree, Pound’s poetry is so evocative. I return to his poems often. I didn’t know this one, or, at least, don’t remember it. I’d love to know more about her too – the poem makes you want to learn more.

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