William Carlos Williams Quote

Old age is
a flight of small
cheeping birds
bare trees
above a snow glaze.
Gaining and failing
they are buffeted
by a dark wind —
But what?
On harsh weedstalks
the flock has rested —
the snow
is covered
with broken
seed husks
and the wind tempered
with a shrill
piping of plenty.

"To Awaken an Old Lady", originally publised in The Dial (August 1920) - Sour Grapes (1921)