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desert places
December 4, 2011, 2:39 pm
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Snow falling and night falling fast, oh, fast

In a field I looked into going past,

And the ground almost covered smooth in snow,

But a few weeds and stubble showing last.

 

The woods around it have it – it is theirs.

All animals are smothered in their lairs.

I am too absent-spirited to count;

The loneliness includes me unawares.

 

And lonely as it is, that loneliness

Will be more lonely ere it will be less –

A blanker whiteness of benighted snow

WIth no expression, nothing to express.

 

They cannot scare me with their empty spaces

Between stars – on stars where no human race is.

I have it in me so much nearer home

To scare myself with my own desert places.

 

I’ve been living with this Robert Frost poem this week.  The last lines are so utterly truthful.

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