I would not paint — a picture


I would not paint — a picture -

I'd rather be the One

Its bright impossibility

To dwell — delicious — on -

5And wonder how the fingers feel

Who rare — celestial — stir -

Evokes so sweet a Torment -

Such sumptuous — Despair -


I would not talk, like Cornets -

10I'd rather be the One

Raised softly to the Ceilings -

And out, and easy on -

Through Villages of Ether -

Myself endued Balloon

15By but a lip of Metal -

The pier to my Pontoon -


Nor would I be a Poet -

It's finer — own the Ear -

Enamored — impotent — content -

20The License to revere,

A privilege so awful

What would the Dower be,

Had I the Art to stun myself

With Bolts of Melody!