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WHOM EARTH HAS TAUGHT: PROSPICENCE, by            
First Line: It troubles him but little that so few
Last Line: In dust once happy in the ways of men.


It troubles him but little that so few
Enchanted hours are captured in life's sieve,
And that the future he is traveling to
Is likelier by far to take than give.
Nor does it matter, greatly, that his lease
On breath was drawn with no renewal clause,
With years of tenure liable to cease
Without due notice of specific cause.

His garment of her weaving -- when laid by
Worn and disordered -- Earth will take as due,
Folding it into silences that lie
Deep in her breast that there she may renew
For flower and grass some sentience again
In dust once happy in the ways of men.





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