////THREE EARLY POEMS

THREE EARLY POEMS

By Yoko Ono

WINTER TO WINTER (1955)
winter to winter
winter to winter

the snow dyes the town

the woman walks alongholding
a grass fragment in her hand.

winter to winter
winter to winter

at the age of twelvethere existed
a thing called women
a thing called men.

In the snow they animaled
mysteriously
soundly,

but now,all that
far, f
ar

and the mirror, too deformed.

winter to winter
winter to winter

the snow,extending the
pavement to universe

secretlypliantly
slenderlyfa
lls.

 

THAT VOICE (1956)
that voice
and that voice
all melting soundly in the fog
and among the tangling trees the vein

that voice
and that voice
calling to each other
not calling in particular
(not calling at all in particular!)

only the fog, ringing an unintoned siren
to the world’s end

by the time the fog cleared off
and the voice disappeared
by the time it was understood that the surrounding was
(as if emerged)
and ancient, vigorous landscape
of green mountains and shining dew
my body left no traces.

that voice

and that voice

 

THE EARTH WAS COVERED IN CLOUDS (1956)
the earth was covered with cloudsthe breast
of the dead woman was stabbed with thick nails.

the sound of the triton was lost
and the breast of the dead
woman was crammed with thick nails

swarms of dogs extended the earth
all lying, stretching, and sniffing the smell of nails
at times.
some ruminating the flowers and some
barking, barking, barking to the sky

the earth dozed to the placid wind
and the breast of the dead woman
a well drained hole.

 

A Note from Yoko Ono: For Friends of Yoko Only (1992)
Thank you for standing by me all these years. This spring, I noticed that something went crazy, and the rest of the world joined you. But I never forget that you were there for me during the long winter.

These are poems from the Sarah Lawrence days. I hope you like them. “Winter to Winter” had music to it as well.

 

‘Winter to Winter’ originally published in The Campus, 4 May 1955.
‘That Voice’ & ‘The Earth Was Covered In Clouds’ originally published in The Campus, 25 April 1956

All reprinted with new introduction in Yoko Only fanzine, Summer 1992
(special thanks to Brian Hendel).

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2008-10-24T13:53:27+00:00 May 4th, 1955|Written work|