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The Guarded Wound

Adelaide Crapsey
If it 
Were lighter touch 
Than petal of flower resting 
On grass, oh still too heavy it were, 
Too heavy! 

This poem is in the public domain.

This poem is in the public domain.

Adelaide Crapsey

by this poet

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Every day, 
Every day, 
Tell the hours 
By their shadows, 
By their shadows.
poem
These be 
three silent things: 
The falling snow . . . the hour 
Before the dawn . . . the mouth of one 
Just dead.
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Written in a Moment of Exasperation

How can you lie so still? All day I watch 
And never a blade of all the green sod moves 
To show where restlessly you toss and turn, 
And fling a desperate arm or draw up knees 
Stiffened and aching from their long disuse; 
I watch all night and not one ghost comes