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THOUGH BIRDS HAVE FLOWN, by            
First Line: Now that the trees are stripped of all their fire
Last Line: Though birds have flown the trees still harbor nests.
Subject(s): Autumn; Birds; Dreams; Seasons; Trees; Fall; Nightmares


Now that the trees are stripped of all their fire,
And silence reigns where yesterday was song
Of love in feathered throats hot with desire . . .
Now that brief days are come, and nights too long
For all save lovers who recline close-prest
Enrapt in dreams, and those tired ones who find
Reprieve from life's dull war upon sleep's breast,
I am resolved to wipe you from my mind!

I shall not let one trace of you defeat
My sure forgetting. Nor permit to pass
The gates of thought one least regret. -- Ah, Sweet,
It matters not what I resolve, alas!
This is the verity my heart attests:
Though birds have flown the trees still harbor nests.





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