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First Line: The meadow is pretty but poisonous in the fall
Last Line: This great field ill-flowered by the fall.
Alternate Author Name(s): Kostrowitzky, Wilhelm Apollina
Subject(s): Fields; Flowers; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


The meadow is pretty but poisonous in the fall.
The cows at pasture there
Slowly absorb the venom;
The meadow-saffron, lilac, ringed,
Flourishes there your eyes are like that flower
Violet as its dark ring and as the fall
And from your eyes my days seep in slow poison.

With a clamor the children pour out of school
With their jackets on, playing harmonicas.
They gather the meadow-saffrons, which are like mothers there
Daughters of their daughters and color of your eyelids

Waving as flowers wave in the wild wind

The shepherd of the flock sings sweetly
While slowly lowing the cows leave once for all
This great field ill-flowered by the fall.





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