El Hombre

It's a strange courage
you give me, ancient star:

Shine alone in the sunrise
toward which you lend no part!

-William Carlos Williams


Nuances on a Theme by Williams

I.
Shine alone, shine nakedly, shine like bronze,
that reflects neither my face nor any inner part
of my being, shine like fire, that mirrors nothing.

II.
Lend no part to any humanity that suffuses
you in its own light.
Be not chimera of morning,
Half-man, half-star.
Be not an intelligence,
Like a widow's bird
Or an old horse.

-Wallace Stevens