Voyage à l'Infini

Walter Conrad Arensberg

The swan existing
Is like a song with an accompaniment
Imaginary.
Across the grassy lake,
Across the lake to the shadow of the willows,
It is accompanied by an image,
— as by Debussy's
"Reflets dans l'eau".
The swan that is
Reflects
Upon the solitary water — breast to breast
With the duplicity:
"The other one!"
And breast to breast it is confused.
O visionary wedding!  O stateliness of the procession!
It is accompanied by the image of itself
Alone.
At night
The lake is a wide silence,
Without imagination.