American Poetry 1922/Self-Rejected

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SELF-REJECTED

Plow not nor plant this Arid mound.
Here is no up for seed,
No ferment for your need—
Ungrateful ground!

No man can warm this spot
God has forgot;
No rain can penetrate
Its barren slate.

Demonic winds blow last year's stubble
From its hard slope.
Go, leave the hopeless without hope;
Spare your trouble.



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The author died in 1977, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 30 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.