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(7 May 1892 – 20 April 1982 / Glencoe, Illinois)

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The Snowflake Which Is Now and Hence Forever

Will it last? he says.
Is it a masterpiece?
Will generation after generation
Turn with reverence to the page?

Birdseye scholar of the frozen fish,
What would he make of the sole, clean, clear
Leap of the salmon that has disappeared?

To be, yes!--whether they like it or not!
But not to last when leap and water are forgotten,
A plank of standard pinkness in the dish.

They also live
Who swerve and vanish in the river.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Jeff Thornton (11/4/2004 3:14:00 PM)

    Uh, of course, I meant to say MacLeish

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  • Jeff Thornton (11/4/2004 3:10:00 PM)

    my first leach poem..

    and i love him already... now i hope that all i read of his speaks as beautifully.

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