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  • Writer's pictureSam Baker

W. S. Merwin


On the last day of the world I would want to plant a tree

what for not the fruit

the tree that bears the fruit is not the one that was planted

I want the tree that stands in the earth for the first time

with the sun already going down

and the water touching its roots

in the earth full of the dead and the clouds passing

one by one over its leaves


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