Excerpt from “The Dragon and the Unicorn”, by Kenneth Rexroth

I found this twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella), dead but perfect.

I found this twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella), dead but perfect.

Excerpt from “The Dragon and the Unicorn”

All night long
The white snow falls on the white
Peaks through the quiet darkness.
The overland express train
Drives through the night, through the snow.
In the morning the land slopes
To the Atlantic, the sky
Is thicker, Spring stirs, smelling
Like old wet wood, new life speaks
In pale green fringes of marsh
Marigolds on the edges
Of the mountain snow drifts. Spring
Is only a faint green haze
On the high plains, only haze
And the fences that disappear
Over the horizon, and the
Rails, and the telegraph
Poles and the pale singing wires
Going on and on forever.

– Kenneth Rexroth

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