(August 8, 1884 – January 29, 1933 / Missouri / United States)

The Tree

OH to be free of myself,
With nothing left to remember,
To have my heart as bare
As a tree in December;
Resting, as a tree rests
After its leaves are gone,
Waiting no more for a rain at night
Nor for the red at dawn;
But still, oh so still
While the winds come and go,
With no more fear of the hard frost
Or the bright burden of snow;
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And heedless, heedless
If anyone pass and see
On the white page of the sky
Its thin black tracery.

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