Tree of Knowledge

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“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,”

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“To Autumn,” is currently in use.

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“Because I Could Not Stop for Death,”

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To hear other reasons why Death stops,

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The top of your head has physically been taken off,

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Or for Death’s current itinerary,

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For “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,”

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If the mind of the tree and the mind of the bird are one,

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To have a mind of winter,

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For the words “Eye,” “Cheek,” “Lip,” or “Brow,”

Search for Donne. When thou hast done,

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For help in choosing between two roads,

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For god’s sake hold your tongue and let me love,

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If you can keep your head while those around you,

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To three posts driven upright in the ground,

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To reap a time to sow,

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If you know the name of the poem you would like to hear.

Daniel Bosch

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