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Approach of Winter

by William Carlos Williams, 1921

The half-stripped trees
struck by a wind together,
bending all,
the leaves flutter drily
and refuse to let go
or driven like hail
stream bitterly out to one side
and fall
where the salvias, hard carmine,—
like no leaf that ever was—
edge the bare garden.

Published in Sour Grapes: A Book of Poems
Tags: plants, weather, winter

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