Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TIME OPTICS, by JAMES GALVIN

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First Line: Where the ditch vaults the river
Last Line: I'll be alright gone
Subject(s): Rivers; Time

Where the ditch vaults the river,
Where the wooden flume weeps over,
Paying the way,
Where its veil makes a thin distance
And has no critics but wind-in-willowshade,
My love and I lay down
In seventeen kinds of native grasses.
We took our time.
Some wasps were building
A Japanese lantern in the branches,
The flume kept weeping into the river.
Chilly ditchwater.
Don't worry, little wasps, wooden flume,
I'll be all right gone.

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