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CONTRA MORTEM: THE LEAVES, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: If the sky were green instead of blue its green
Last Line: The actual world in the heyday of the leaves
Subject(s): Leaves


If the sky were green instead of blue its green
would be the aspenleaves which have the same
inlighted sweet intensity of tone
and are the first to come
in spring closefollowed by hickory ash hawthorn
and the rest with butternut last Each has its own
conception of green some yellow some blue
some like the rockmaple reddish nor
is any leaf precisely like any other
Their tide assaults the mountain
by way of the gradual foothills Greening breakers
lunge and snap at the heights counting
the evenings forest by forest until the waves
splash on the far high summit announcing
the actual world in the heyday of the leaves.


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98368-0271, www.cc.press.org




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