Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, KNOWLEDGE, by ANNA HEMPSTEAD BRANCH

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First Line: Once I thought that healing came
Last Line: In its hands and feet.
Subject(s): Love - Complaints

ONCE I thought that healing came
From the angels' wings.
Now the bruised hands of men
Seem the kindest things.
Once I thought to pluck and eat
The fruit of Paradise.
Now I break with these their bread
With unsaddened eyes.
Once I thought to find on earth
Love, perfect and complete.
Now I know it carries wounds
In its hands and feet.

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