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After the Son Died

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The trees follow two sides of a square
and make a fine windbreak
in this snug corner
apple trees mount the earth and sift their petals
over the stone foundation
over a pile of measured stone
where no house stands
these are just the roots of a house
but there is no growth
here is a background for living
and no life but these trees
and the rabbits who spout from the stones
like furry ghosts
no dream even stands here on this foundation
for the dream went under another stone
and a rented house in town is good enough now.

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The trees follow two sides of a square
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Poetry 56 (Aug 1940) 262.
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It is unusual for Hearst that in this poem the title is an essential part of the poem's meaning.