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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
Berkshires in April
 
Clement Wood (1888–1950)
 
 
IT is not Spring—not yet—
But at East Schaghticoke I saw an ivory birch
Lifting a filmy red mantle of knotted buds
Above the rain-washed whiteness of her arms.
 
It is not Spring—not yet—        5
But at Hoosick Falls I saw a robin strutting,
Thin, still, and fidgety,
Not like the puffed, complacent ball of feathers
That dawdles over the cidery Autumn loam.
 
It is not Spring—not yet—        10
But up the stocky Pownal hills
Some springy shrub, a scarlet gash on the grayness,
Climbs, flaming, over the melting snows.
 
It is not Spring—not yet—
But at Williamstown the willows are young and golden,        15
Their tall tips flinging the sun’s rays back at him;
And as the sun drags over the Berkshire crests,
The willows glow, the scarlet bushes burn,
The high hill birches shine like purple plumes,
A royal headdress for the brow of Spring.        20
It is the doubtful, unquiet end of Winter,
And Spring is pulsing out of the wakening soil.
 

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