when life is quite through with

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when life is quite through with
by Edward Estlin Cummings
First published in Seven Poems in 1920, in The Dial magazine.

when life is quite through with
and leaves say alas,
much is to do
for the swallow, that closes
a flight in the blue;

when love's had his tears out,
perhaps shall pass
a million years
(while a bee doses
on the poppies, the dears;

when all's done and said, and
under the grass
lies her head,
by oaks and roses
deliberated.)


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