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Lying In A Hammock At William Duffy’s Farm In Pine Island, Minnesota

Lying In A Hammock At William Duffy’s Farm In Pine Island, Minnesota

Over my head, I see the bronze butterfly,
Asleep on the black trunk,
Blowing like a leaf in green shadow.
Down the ravine behind the empty house,
The cowbells follow one another
Into the distances of the afternoon.
To my right,
In a field of sunlight between two pines,
The droppings of last year’s horses
Blaze up into golden stones.
I lean back, as the evening darkens and comes on.
A chicken hawk floats over, looking for home.
I have wasted my life.



Poem Lying In A Hammock At William Duffy’s Farm In Pine Island, Minnesota - James Wright
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