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Jean Starr Untermeyer

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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