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First Line: My leaning birch is yellower today
Last Line: And half a troubled thought of growing old.
Subject(s): September; Wellesley College


MY leaning birch is yellower today
And down the long fall haze that is the sky
The sun shines on the grackles going by
The row of poles where fading bean-leaves sway;
Shadows like something out of summer stay
Along the paths where sunflowers have grown high;
I almost touch a yellow butterfly
That flutters on a stalk and flies away.

There is nostalgia that such gardens hold
After full summer and before a frost.
The bitter smell among the marigold
By a north wall where grass is wet and cold
Is half a memory a child has lost,
And half a troubled thought of growing old.





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