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PLUM TREE, by            
First Line: Plum tree / I do not wonder
Last Line: "beyond the cold."
Subject(s): Plums; Plum Trees

Plum tree,
I do not wonder,
As I see you glittering and white,
That poets compare you
To a first communion
Or to the birth of holiness.

To me you are a woman
Sweet and wistful
In your blossomy days;
A bit sour
For all your royal purple
In your fruitful middle age.

Stark and tragic,
Yet infinitely beautiful
In the days when,
Stripped of youth and petal,
You still have
Courage to face another winter,
And something in you that says,
"There is a Spring
Beyond the cold."

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