Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, OFFERING, by WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS

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First Line: As the hedges, clipt and even
Last Line: Yet awhile before they are trodden.
Subject(s): Language; Leaves

As the hedges, clipt and even,
That parallel the common way --
And upon one side the hedges
And upon one side bare trees --
As these hedges bear the dried leaves
That have fallen from spent branches, --
Having caught them in mid air --
And hold them yet awhile
That they may not be so soon
Jostled about and tramped on --

The red, the yellow, the purple -- blues --
So do my words catch and bear
Both leaves and flowers that are fallen --
In all places before the feet
Of the passing many -- to bear them
Yet awhile before they are trodden.

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