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(1983) Contrary Theses (II) - Stevens

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    Contrary Theses (II) One chemical afternoon in mid-autumn, When the grand mechanics of earth and sky were near; Even the leaves of the locust were yellow then,
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      Contrary Theses (II)

      One chemical afternoon in mid-autumn,
      When the grand mechanics of earth and sky were near;
      Even the leaves of the locust were yellow then,

      He walked with his year-old boy on his shoulder.
      The sun shone and the dog barked and the baby slept.
      The leaves, even of the locust, the green locust.

      He wanted and looked for a final refuge,
      From the bombastic intimations of winter
      And the martyrs a la mode. He walked toward

      An abstract, of which the sun, the dog, the boy
      Were contours. Cold was chilling the wide-moving swans.
      The leaves were falling like notes from a piano.

      The abstract was suddenly there and gone again.
      The negroes were playing football in the park.
      The abstract that he saw, like the locust-leaves, plainly:

      The premiss from which all things were conclusions,
      The noble, Alexandrine verve. The flies
      And the bees still sought the chrysanthemums' odor.

      - Wallace Stevens
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