Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, CONTRA MORTEM: THE STONE, by HAYDEN CARRUTH

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CONTRA MORTEM: THE STONE, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Difficult to think of a stone's gratitude
Last Line: The primal act with this. So all things waken
Subject(s): Stones; Granite; Rocks

Difficult to think of a stone's gratitude
difficult for that matter to think of stone
essences so various The white shade
cast by the winter moon
withdraws into covert places and the multiflood
of earthlight often darkly or in tones subdued
by interspersion slowly drenches
the forest the brook the stone Birches
step forward and the stone rises like an earthspirit
snow dripping from its flanks
burnished and new but scarcely changed a merit
of the abiding between the banks
marking the upstream from down Its warmth is taken
from another source yet such warmthtaking links
the primal act with this So the woods waken.

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