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Dancers Exercising

By Amy Clampitt

Frame within frame, the evolving conversation   
is dancelike, as though two could play   
at improvising snowflakes’ . . .

Danse Russe

By William Carlos Williams

If I when my wife is sleeping
and the baby and Kathleen
are sleeping . . .

The Daring One

By Edwin Markham

I would my soul were like the bird   
That dares the vastness undeterred.   
Look, where the bluebird on the bough    . . .

The Darker Sooner

By Catherine Wing

Then came the darker sooner,
came the later lower.
We were no longer a sweeter-here . . .

The Darkling Thrush

By Thomas Hardy

I leant upon a coppice gate
      When Frost was spectre-grey,
And Winter's dregs made desolate . . .

Dawn Chorus

By Sasha Dugdale

Every morning since the time changed
I have woken to the dawn chorus
And even before it sounded, I dreamed of it . . .

The Day

By Geoffrey Brock

It hangs on its
                stem like a plum
at the edge of a . . .

The Day Lady Died

By Frank O'Hara

It is 12:20 in New York a Friday
three days after Bastille day, yes
it is 1959 and I go get a shoeshine . . .

The Days Gone By

By James Whitcomb Riley

O the days gone by! O the days gone by!
The apples in the orchard, and the pathway through the rye;
The chirrup of the robin, and the whistle of the quail . . .

Deaf-Mute in the Pear Tree

By P. K. Page

His clumsy body is a golden fruit
pendulous in the pear tree
. . .

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