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by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 - 1950)

The pear tree
Language: English 
In the squalid, dirty dooryard,
Where the chickens scratch and run,
White, incredible the pear tree
Stands apart and takes the sun

Mindful of the eyes upon it,
Vain of its new holiness.
Like the waste-man's little daughter
In her first communion dress.


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This text was added to the website: 2010-02-18
Line count: 8
Word count: 43