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First Line: Lost in this mountain valley, we have struggled
Last Line: Staring down at our cornfields covetously.
Subject(s): Death; Old Age; Dead, The


LOST in this mountain valley, we have struggled
too long for bread. Here corn grows sparse and yellow
the valley is too narrow and we have driven
Our plows vainly against the flanks of the hill.

No use to struggle further, O my brothers:
instead lie down together here and rest,

and some day when the earth has grown as cold
as the dead craters of the moon, these hills
will wrinkle like the wrinkles on a forehead.
Drawing together somewhat like a finger
against a wrinkled thumb, these hills will squeeze
the valley out between them.
There will be
for us magnificent sepulture, O my kin.

Cold hills already lie
staring down at our cornfields covetously.





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