This is how the wind shifts: Like the thoughts of an old human, Who still thinks eagerly And despairingly. The wind shifts like this: Like a human without illusions, Who still feels irrational things within her. The wind shifts like this: Like humans approaching proudly, Like humans approaching angrily. This is how the wind shifts: Like a human, heavy and heavy, Who does not care.
- by Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955), "The wind shifts", appears in Harmonium, first published 1917 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Robin Holloway (b. 1943), "The wind shifts", op. 14 no. ? (1970) [high voice and strings], from The Wind Shifts: Eight Poems of Wallace Stevens for High Voice and Strings [text not verified]
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