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BACK-YARDS, by            
First Line: Front yards are reticent
Last Line: And I know you -- intimately.

Front yards are reticent,
I like to ride down the alley
And peep over back fences
To see how well they tally.

Some backyards have chairs,
A sundial, and a hedge,
Precise paths and flower beds
With borders round the edge;

Other yards there are in shade
With a pool to show the faces
Of all who wander in and out
Through mossy, ferny places;

Some yards show kitchen thrift
In every loamy row,
Corn and beans and radishes,
Well-tended with a hoe.

And yards there are with cans
And refuse thrown about.
Always a sagging clothes-line
With a dingy wash hung out.

I ride down your alley,
You've never heard of me,
But I've seen your backyard
And I know you -- intimately.

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