Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SPEAKING TERMS, by JAMES GALVIN

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First Line: All around me to-ing and fro-ing
Last Line: And start walking
Subject(s): Contrariness; Lectures; Addresses; Speaking; Public Speaking

All around me to-ing and fro-ing
In a strapping south wind
Pine boughs lisp their approval
Of moving without moving around, saying,
Shh! This way! Shh! This way!
They contradict each other
By all saying the same thing.

Better to impersonate than to
Personify, when it comes to nature.
Shh! I tell them. This way!
And start walking.

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98368-0271, www.cc.press.org

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