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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
Alfred Kreymborg.
127. Old Manuscript
THE sky 
is that beautiful old parchment 
in which the sun 
and the moon 
keep their diary.         5
To read it all, 
one must be a linguist 
more learned than Father Wisdom; 
and a visionary 
more clairvoyant than Mother Dream.  10
But to feel it, 
one must be an apostle: 
one who is more than intimate 
In having been, always, 
the only confidant—  15
like the earth 
or the sea. 

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