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First Line: This is, this is
Subject(s): Mexico

This is, this is --
this has to be here like this
because I am inconsolable.
Even summer coming
to enlarge the green accuracy of Nature.
Real summer, we won't see till Mexico.
Anyway, I think of my mother when I think of Nature,
her beliefs -- like sheets flapping on a back porch line.
Some people might still wash things
and hang them up to dry.
Children play on the sidewalk.
At least they are happy.
I sit in my own opaque opening,
but I promise
to be better tomorrow.

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