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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 05:15 PM
Response to Reply #66
71. life is about more than government. Not everything is a campaign
. . . we're not political robots here.

These are amazing: each
Joining a neighbor, as though
Speech were a still performance.
Arranging by chance

To meet as far this morning
From the world as agreeing
With it, you and I (and others)
Are suddenly what the trees try

To tell us we are:
That their merely being there
Means something; that soon
We may touch, love, explain.

And glad not to have invented
Some comeliness,
we are surrounded:
A silence already filled with noises,
A canvas on which emerges

A chorus of smiles,
a winter morning.
Place in a puzzling light,
and moving,
Our days put on such reticence
These accents
seem their own defense.

- John Ashbery
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