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I Am Vertical

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 But I would rather be horizontal.
I am not a tree with my root in the soil Sucking up minerals and motherly love So that each March I may gleam into leaf, Nor am I the beauty of a garden bed Attracting my share of Ahs and spectacularly painted, Unknowing I must soon unpetal.
Compared with me, a tree is immortal And a flower-head not tall, but more startling, And I want the one's longevity and the other's daring.
Tonight, in the infinitesimal light of the stars, The trees and flowers have been strewing their cool odors.
I walk among them, but none of them are noticing.
Sometimes I think that when I am sleeping I must most perfectly resemble them-- Thoughts gone dim.
It is more natural to me, lying down.
Then the sky and I are in open conversation, And I shall be useful when I lie down finally: The the trees may touch me for once, and the flowers have time for me.

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