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Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock, By Wallace Stevens

The houses are haunted

By white night-gowns.

None are green,

Or purple with green rings,

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Or green with yellow rings,

Or yellow with blue rings.

None of them are strange,

With socks of lace

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And beaded ceintures.

People are not going

To dream of baboons and periwinkles.

Only, here and there, an old sailor,

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Drunk and asleep in his boots,

Catches tigers

In red weather.

From “An Introduction to Poetry,” edited by X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia (Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers: 652 pp., $30.75)

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