- Nixon, Lois LaCivita
- Date of entry: Jul-05-2001
The narrator describes a housecall to a woman in labor. It is past midnight in winter time when the road is frozen. The doctor enters the house where the "great woman" is in misery; she is "sick," "perhaps vomiting," about to give birth to her tenth child. He exclaims to the reader "Joy! Joy!" knowing that the situation is as bleak as the wintry landscape, and, in fact, joyless. He will offer compassion and "pick the hair from her eyes."
First published: 1921
The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams, Vol. 1
A. Walton Litz & Christopher MacGowan