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First Line: The brook had been frozen almost everywhere. Mounds
Last Line: And singing singing so pleasantly in their flight
Subject(s): Water


The brook had been frozen almost everywhere Mounds
of snow had covered the ice serene
and cool as corpseflesh while quiet small sounds
came from the holes where the skein
of black water continued winding But now
only the scraps and tatters of the snow
are left on the banks and the water
seems purged of darkness brighter
than its winding immanence In the shallows
where pebbles excite the current
the brook is shaken like the quivering lightandshadow
of aspenleaves or like the cadence
of hundreds of migrant wings flashing in sunlight
against the flow forever far from their nests
and singing singing so pleasantly in their flight.


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98368-0271, www.cc.press.org




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