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DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI: 1. EMBARKATION, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Dull masses of dense green
Last Line: Above the pink explosion of the calyx of the dawn.
Subject(s): Mississippi River; Rivers


Dull masses of dense green,
The forests range their sombre platforms;
Between them silently, like spirit,
The river finds its own mysterious path.

Loosely the river sways out, backward, forward,
Always fretting the outer side;
Shunning the invisible focus of each crescent,
Seeking to spread into shining loops over fields.

Like an enormous serpent, dilating, uncoiling,
Displaying a broad scaly back of earth-smeared gold;
Swaying out sinuously between the dull motionless forests,
As molten metal might glide down the lip of a vase of dark bronze;

It goes, while the steamboat drifting out upon it,
Seems now to be floating not only outwards but upwards;
In the flight of a petal detached and gradually moving skyward
Above the pink explosion of the calyx of the dawn.





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