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CONTRA MORTEM: THE FALL, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Still after the clapper cracked the bell
Last Line: In the histories of anguish quietly told
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Fall


Still after the clapper cracked the bell
after the suffocating complicity of the riot
summer's strangling tangling toil
still there came quiet
the colors of mediation in the fall
twilight and robins chirping still and all
potatoes and butternuts laid by
the old bees dreaming how to die
in a drunken reverie by the dripping press
and asters and goldenrod
murmuring darklights through the sleepiness
of completed things After the blade
had driven through the eye and spilled the gold
something was won some recompense was had
in the histories of anguish quietly told.


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