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Edgar Lee Masters (1868–1950).  Spoon River Anthology.  1916.

30. Conrad Siever


NOT in that wasted garden 
Where bodies are drawn into grass 
That feeds no flocks, and into evergreens 
That bear no fruit— 
There where along the shaded walks         5
Vain sighs are heard, 
And vainer dreams are dreamed 
Of close communion with departed souls— 
But here under the apple tree 
I loved and watched and pruned  10
With gnarled hands 
In the long, long years; 
Here under the roots of this northern-spy 
To move in the chemic change and circle of life, 
Into the soil and into the flesh of the tree,  15
And into the living epitaphs 
Of redder apples! 


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