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Roots and Leaves Themselves Alone

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.

Roots and Leaves Themselves Alone.

ROOTS and leaves themselves alone are these; Scents brought to men and women from the wild  
 woods, and from the pond-side,
Breast-sorrel and pinks of love—fingers that wind  
 around tighter than vines,
Gushes from the throats of birds, hid in the foliage  
 of trees, as the sun is risen;
Breezes of land and love—breezes set from living  
 shores out to you on the living sea—to you,  
 O sailors!
Frost-mellow'd berries, and Third-month twigs,  
 offer'd fresh to young persons wandering out  
 in the fields when the winter breaks up,
Love-buds, put before you and within you, whoever  
 you are,
Buds to be unfolded on the old terms; If you bring the warmth of the sun to them, they  
 will open, and bring form, color, perfume, to  
If you become the aliment and the wet, they will  
 become flowers, fruits, tall branches and trees.

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.

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