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WINTER TREES, by            
First Line: Over their stark austerity the trees
Last Line: To sing, and winds to stir with passionate words.
Subject(s): Birds; Pride; Trees; Winter; Self-esteem; Self-respect


Over their stark austerity the trees
Put on such nonchalance as women might
Who had been proud and lovely, and, like these,
Were stripped of their bright beauty in a night.
Hushing their grief . . . and haughty, as if they
Would seem indifference personified,
They stand there suffering, day after day,
With not one lover near to lift their pride.

But through the dusk their thoughts and glances steal
Out where the darkness gathers . . . and dreams wait,
With summer folded in their wings, to heal
Trees that were stricken grievously, of late . . .
And bring their beauty back again for birds
To sing, and winds to stir with passionate words.





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