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First Line: The willow catkins fall on the muddy pool
Last Line: This universe dried into sands and stones.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blunden, Edmund
Subject(s): England; Landscape; English


THE willow catkins fall on the muddy pool
Churned up anew by cows who came to cool:
And under shoal the sticklebacks, to whom
The infant stream is like the whale's searoom,
Or Amazon to a cayman; wondering there,
They rise and thrilling sip that strange sharp Air.
The plunging stone down from the dwarf bridge thrown
Is Zeus's bolt -- Zeus shambles whistling on,
And from their puny caverns they are seen
Returning where the high god's wrath has been.

Meantime a god indeed with fierce desire
Drinks of their lessening waters, tongued with fire;
He all along the willows' silver line
Diminishes the pools that pleased the kine,
And in a day will strew with tiny bones
This universe dried into sands and stones.





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