American Poetry 1922/Windflower Leaf

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WINDFLOWER LEAF

This flower is repeated
out of old winds, out of
old times.

The wind repeats these, it
must have these, over and
over again.

Oh, windflowers so fresh,
Oh, beautiful leaves, here
now again.

    The domes over
    fall to pieces.
    The stones under
    fall to pieces.
    Rain and ice
    wreck the works.
The wind keeps, the windflowers
    keep, the leaves last,
The wind young and strong lets
    these last longer than stones.



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