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First Line: But like remorse
Last Line: It can never stop .
Subject(s): Grass; Prairies; Plains

But like remorse
the prairie grass
seeks emptiness,

in its sleep,
gets even

with the fragrant,
stoic sage.
Oh, it is witless

and blind.
It cannot remember
what it was doing

with all that wind.
It waits
for a thimbleful of rain.

It populates such distances
it must be brave
but prairie grass

bends down in sorrow
to be so lost,
and like remorse

so nearly endless
it cannot ever stop.

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98368-0271, www.cc.press.org

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