William Carlos Williams ⁞ Danse Russe

William Carlos Williams, "Danse Russe"
If I when my wife is sleeping 
Ballet russe (photo of Adolph Bolm 
and Flore Revalles, taken in 1910)
and the baby and Kathleen 
are sleeping
and the sun is a flame-white disc
in silken mists
above shining trees,--
if I in my north room
dance naked, grotesquely
before my mirror
waving my shirt round my head
and singing softly to myself:
"I am lonely, lonely.
I was born to be lonely,
I am best so!"
If I admire my arms, my face,
my shoulders, flanks, buttocks
again the yellow drawn shades,--
Who shall say I am not 
the happy genius of my household?

[c. 1917]