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First Line: I lay close down upon the rocks
Last Line: As the shadow of the motion of a grass-blade in my palm.
Alternate Author Name(s): Morgan, Emanuel
Subject(s): Grass


I lay close down upon the rocks and saw above the shore
A mast-head swaying a little and a grass-blade sway-more --
And which was more substantial and which was more like me,
A mast-head or a grass-blade or the level rock or the sea?
I thought it out a moment and then I thought it in
And then I thought it round about, as far as I have been. . . .
And grass-blades may be limber and halyards may be taut,
But I never thought a thing at all of all the things I thought --
Except what premonition can ever be as calm
As the shadow of the motion of a grass-blade in my palm.





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