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THE PEAR-TREE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here once the evenings sobbed
Last Line: And brings you a breath of sea, a memory of stars.
Alternate Author Name(s): Goll, Yvan
Subject(s): Pear Trees; Trees; Pears


Here once the evenings sobbed,
Here once the angels lay in the curve of morning.
How the hill streamed to your feet like a floating nymph,
You god of the fields! And now:
O pear-tree in despair's garden! Grizzled hunchback!
Your hungry supplication, your slack begging arm
Scratches the weary sun!
Here the mourner squats of nights and jeers at autumn.
And afternoons, the street-gamins chirp to you. A child's go-cart
Leans in the imagined shadow of your foliage.
You are a helpless, mute cry of the earth,
Sick, afflicted tree,
In the valley of rubbish heaps and tin cans!
And only the autumn wind, your banished brother,
Sometimes rains upon your galled spirit
And brings you a breath of sea, a memory of stars.





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