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The Hunters in the Snow


The over-all picture is winter
Icy mountains
In the background the return

From the hunt it is toward evening
From the left
Sturdy hunters lead in

Their pack the inn-sign
Hanging from
A broken hinge is a stag a crucifix

Between his antlers the cold
Inn yard
Is deserted but for a huge bonfire

That flares wind-driven it is tended by
Women who cluster
About it to the right beyond

The hill is a pattern of skaters
Brueghel the painter
Concerned with it all has chosen

A winter-struck bush for his
Foreground to
Complete the picture.

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Poem The Hunters in the Snow - William Carlos Williams