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Carl Sandburg (1878–1967).  Smoke and Steel. 1922.
  
V. Mist Forms
38. Buckwheat
  
  
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THERE was a late autumn cricket,
And two smoldering mountain sunsets
Under the valley roads of her eyes.
  
There was a late autumn cricket,
A hangover of summer song,        5
Scraping a tune
Of the late night clocks of summer,
In the late winter night fireglow,
This in a circle of black velvet at her neck.
  
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In pansy eyes a flash, a thin rim of white light, a beach bonfire ten miles across dunes, a speck of a fool star in night’s half circle of velvet.
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In the corner of the left arm a dimple, a mole, a forget-me-not, and it fluttered a hummingbird wing, a blur in the honey-red clover, in the honey-white buckwheat.

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