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WINTER WIZARDRY, by            
First Line: Who could have dreamed / so many branches in
Last Line: Bare branches etched against the sky.
Subject(s): Trees; Winter


Who could have dreamed
So many branches in a tree,
Till each appears
In rainbow-tinted filigree.
On every side. . . .
Prismatic strange phenomenon:
What bright, long-nap,
Loose-woven rugs upon each lawn!

How silver-fringed
The fences, hedges, trellises!
Some shrubs are knights
A high-tossed plume embellishes.
Late and grotesque,
The postman, groping, bent,
The brittle boughs
Their sudden breaking to prevent.

Expectant hush
Reposes on this eerie view,
Till vagrant breeze
Awakes half-muted chimes anew,
As currents move
The tinkling crystals in the bay,
By springtime freed,
Surge up, then slowly ebb away.

Now, lights at dusk
Show each fantastic, laden tree
Adorned with gems
Of sapphire-bright transparency.
This elfin scene. . . .
Will oft recur to inner eye,
Though dawn may bring
Bare branches etched against the sky.





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