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Robert Frost (1874–1963).  A Boy’s Will.  1915.
 
18. The Vantage Point
 
 
IF tired of trees I seek again mankind,
  Well I know where to hie me—in the dawn,
  To a slope where the cattle keep the lawn.
There amid lolling juniper reclined,
Myself unseen, I see in white defined        5
  Far off the homes of men, and farther still,
  The graves of men on an opposing hill,
Living or dead, whichever are to mind.
 
And if by moon I have too much of these,
  I have but to turn on my arm, and lo,        10
  The sun-burned hillside sets my face aglow,
My breathing shakes the bluet like a breeze,
  I smell the earth, I smell the bruisèd plant,
  I look into the crater of the ant.
 

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