Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, NORTH OF ALLIANCE, by TED KOOSER

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First Line: This is an empty house; not a stick
Subject(s): Houses, Deserted

This is an empty house; not a stick
of furniture left, not even
a newspaper sodden with rain
under a broken window; nothing
to tell us the style of the people
who lived here, but that
they took it along. But wait:
here, penciled in inches
up a doorframe, these little marks
mark the growth of a child
impatient to get on with it,
a child stretching his neck
in a hurry to leave nothing here
but an absence grown tall in a doorway.

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