Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, CHIPMUNKS, by ALFRED FRANCIS KREYMBORG

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First Line: The supposedly old / and apparently new
Last Line: We have the rondo all over again!
Subject(s): Chipmunks; Trees

The supposedly old
and the apparently new,
madly, blindly chasing each other,
hate in each heart
screeching death to the other,
are chipmunks
circling the trunk of a tree
around and around and around and around
till the two merge in one
dizzy streak of a band,
like a pin-wheel afire
with rope-skipping flame
come to what looks like a stop.
But let the band stretch, the band snap? --
we have the rondo all over again!

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