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AUTUMN WHIMSIES, by            
First Line: The poplar is an old woman,
Last Line: Even into the winter of her discontent!
Alternate Author Name(s): Field, Wright
Subject(s): Cedar Trees; Poplar Trees


The poplar is an old woman,
Whose charms have been sacrificed on the altar of marriage,
And whose drab garments
Are whipping about her attenuated limbs.

The cedar is a wise virgin,
Who has not spent her passion,
But has conserved her comeliness
Against the winter of life,
And is wrapped decently
In the green mantle of discreetness.

The sumac is a wanton,
Flaming out her short-lived glory
In a brief holocaust of love --
And bearing the blackened and withered seeds
Of her unfulfilled destinies
Even into the winter of her discontent!





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