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Calamus 20

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.


I SAW in Louisiana a live-oak growing, All alone stood it, and the moss hung down from the  
Without any companion it grew there, uttering joyous  
 leaves of dark green,
And its look, rude, unbending, lusty, made me think  
 of myself,
  [ begin page 365 ]ppp.01500.373.jpg But I wondered how it could utter joyous leaves, 
 standing alone there, without its friend, its  
 lover near—for I knew I could not,
And I broke off a twig with a certain number of  
 leaves upon it, and twined around it a little  
And brought it away—and I have placed it in sight  
 in my room,
It is not needed to remind me as of my own dear  
(For I believe lately I think of little else than of  
Yet it remains to me a curious token—it makes me  
 think of manly love;
For all that, and though the live-oak glistens there in  
 Louisiana, solitary, in a wide flat space,
Uttering joyous leaves all its life, without a friend, a  
 lover, near,
I know very well I could not.

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.

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