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TO A CROW IN FEBRUARY, by            
First Line: Where a hemlock tree depends its tented boughs
Last Line: And thank him for that friendly raucous note.
Subject(s): Birds; Crows; February; Hemlocks


Where a hemlock tree depends its tented boughs
Then lifts them up to startle and arouse
All brittle twigs and blow soft crystal dust
On diamond crust,
There is a cry, a rusty answering caw
That disturbs the raw
White silence. This one crow braves
The murdering cold in hemlock naves
And corridors of oak
Where his bold reverberating croak
Echoes not unkindly from his chosen nook
And I look
Where swaying boughs reveal
His purple silkenness. Here I will deal
To him a full gold ear of corn,
Perhaps to leave him less forlorn,
But more to honor beauty in his gleaming coat
And thank him for that friendly raucous note.





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