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First Line: In narrow nuuanu
Last Line: That rise and find no rest.
Subject(s): California; Grass


I.

In narrow Nuuanu
On this side the Pali,
Where mosses and green fern
Make velvet the walls of the valley,
Always the wind blows,
Always the grass flows
In green waves and silver
Back to the lowland,
As if swept by the breath
Of the spirits that yearn
To return
Over the path they were driven to death.

II.

In Santa Ysabel
On sunny days in summer
When the hot winds blow
All the pale gold grasses,
Ghosts of winter grasses,
Dance and curtsy low
Till all the rounded hillsides
Where the live oak grow
Seem to leap from base to crest
With running fairy flames
That rise and find no rest.





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