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SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY: PETIT THE POET, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Seeds in a dry pod, tick, tick, tick
Last Line: While homer and whitman roared in the pines?
Variant Title(s): Petit, The Poet
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Social Protest


SEEDS in a dry pod, tick, tick, tick,
Tick, tick, tick, like mites in a quarrel --
Faint iambics that the full breeze wakens --
But the pine tree makes a symphony thereof.
Triolets, villanelles, rondels, rondeaus,
Ballades by the score with the same old thought:
The snows and the roses of yesterday are vanished;
And what is love but a rose that fades?
Life all around me here in the village:
Tragedy, comedy, valor and truth,
Courage, constancy, heroism, failure --
All in the loom, and oh what patterns!
Woodlands, meadows, streams and rivers --
Blind to all of it all my life long.
Triolets, villanelles, rondels, rondeaus,
Seeds in a dry pod, tick, tick, tick,
Tick, tick, tick, what little iambics,
While Homer and Whitman roared in the pines?





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