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After Apple-Picking

By Robert Frost

My long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still,
And there's a barrel that I didn't fill . . .

After the Disaster

By Abigail Deutsch

One night, not long after the disaster,
as our train was passing Astor,
the car door opened with a shudder . . .

After the Gentle Poet Kobayashi Issa

By Robert Hass

New Year’s morning—
everything is in blossom!   
   I feel about average. . . .

After the Winter

By Claude McKay

Some day, when trees have shed their leaves
     And against the morning’s white
The shivering birds beneath the eaves . . .

After working sixty hours again for what reason

By Bob Hicok

The best job I had was moving a stone
from one side of the road to the other.
This required a permit which required . . .

Ah! Why, Because the Dazzling Sun

By Emily Brontë

Ah! why, because the dazzling sun
Restored my earth to joy
Have you departed, every one, . . .

The Albatross

By Kate Bass

When I know you are coming home
I put on this necklace:
glass beads on a silken thread, . . .

All Hallows’ Eve

By Dorothea Tanning

Be perfect, make it otherwise.
Yesterday is torn in shreds.
Lightning’s thousand sulfur eyes . . .

All This and More

By Mary Karr

The Devil’s tour of hell did not include   
a factory line where molten lead   
spilled into mouths held wide, . . .

Always Something More Beautiful

By Stephen Dunn

This time I came to the starting place
with my best running shoes, and pure speed
held back for the finish, came with only love . . .