by William Carlos Williams (1883 - 1963)

Language: English 
Lift your flowers 
on bitter stems 
Lift them up 
Out of the scorched ground! 
Bear no foliage
But give yourself
Wholly to that! 
Strain under them
you bitter stems
that no beast eats—
and scorn greyness! 
Into the heat with them: 
luxuriant! Sky-blue! 
The earth cracks and 
is shriveled up; 
the wind moans piteously; 
the sky goes out
if you should fail.


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This text was added to the website: 2018-04-11
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