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CONTRA MORTEM: THE TREES, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Birches birches birches true and white
Last Line: This being swells the night of the living woods
Subject(s): Birch Trees


Birches birches birches true and white
demure of habit and standing on ceremony
bending there left or right
a grove a classical harmony
and yet some secret moves among them Light
quivers Is it the aspens twinkling The night
comes up reining a dark breeze
ruffling the spirit and the near trees
quicken sparkle vanish to the forest
among dogwood and elm
spruce and balsam viburnum and sweet locust
beech rockmaple tamarack alder
a congress a quiet congress for not one leaf intrudes
predominantly Yet this repose this calm
this being fills the night of the living woods.


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