Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A MYSTERY, by RICHARD EUGENE BURTON



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First Line: Why should a fir-tree stark against the sky
Last Line: A mystery.
Subject(s): Happiness; Pain; Rain; Snow; Tears; Joy; Delight; Suffering; Misery


WHY should a fir-tree stark against the sky
Arouse old thoughts and times of long ago;
Yea, blind with tears a careless passing eye
That chancewise looks for signs of rain or snow?
I do not know.

I only feel that any joy or pain
May live afresh in any sight I see,
By field or nook, by path or windy plain.
And so the world a wonder is to me,
A mystery.





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