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By Thomas Hardy

If but some vengeful god would call to me
From up the sky, and laugh: “Thou suffering thing,
Know that thy sorrow is my ecstasy, . . .


By Jane Kenyon

There’s just no accounting for happiness,
or the way it turns up like a prodigal
who comes back to the dust at your feet . . .

Harp Song of the Dane Women

By Rudyard Kipling

What is a woman that you forsake her,
And the hearth-fire and the home-acre,
To go with the old grey Widow-maker? . . .

[He Lived—Childhood Summers]

By Lorine Niedecker

He lived—childhood summers
    thru bare feet
then years of money’s lack . . .

The Healing Improvisation of Hair

By Jay Wright

If you undo your do you would
be strange. Hair has been on my mind.
I used to lean in the doorway . . .

The Heaven of Animals

By James L. Dickey

Here they are. The soft eyes open.   
If they have lived in a wood
It is a wood. . . .

The Heavenly City

By Stevie Smith

I sigh for the heavenly country,
Where the heavenly people pass,
And the sea is as quiet as a mirror . . .


By Paul Muldoon

The snail moves like a
Hovercraft, held up by a
Rubber cushion of itself, . . .

Her Head

By Joan Murray

Near Ekuvukeni,
in Natal, South Africa,
a woman carries water on her head. . . .


By Joshua Mehigan

Nothing has changed. They have a welcome sign,
a hill with cows and a white house on top,
a mall and grocery store where people shop, . . .

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