Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, RETURN IN WINTER, by EVELYN ANDREWS CALHOUN

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RETURN IN WINTER, by            
First Line: Nothing had changed this outlook that had grown
Last Line: The restless heart -- of quiet winter hills.
Subject(s): Homecoming

Nothing had changed, this outlook that had grown
So dim with years I could but half remember
The flood-torn, barren gulches twisting down
To the river-plain below; and, in December,
Their rimrock spruce, mitered and coped with snow.
In solemn conclaves muttering together
Those secret litanies of storm and weather
That only their initiates may know.
I could not know, till sick of strangers' ways,
Strange town and folk, and alien house and street,
How I had needed mountains, and how sweet
Homecoming after all the aimless days.
I could not know that peace which heals and stills
The restless heart -- of quiet winter hills.

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