Conrad Siever

Original Text: 
Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River Anthology, illustrated by Oliver Herford (London: T. Werner Laurie, [1916]): 31. 8-NBI Masters New York Public Library
1Not in that wasted garden
2Where bodies are drawn into grass
3That feeds no flocks, and into evergreens
4That bear no fruit --
5There where along the shaded walks
6Vain sighs are heard,
7And vainer dreams are dreamed
8Of close communion with departed souls --
9But here under the apple tree
10I loved and watched and pruned
11With gnarled hands
12In the long, long years;
14To move in the chemic change and circle of life,
15Into the soil and into the flesh of the tree,
16And into the living epitaphs
17Of redder apples!

Notes

13] northern-spy: a variety of apple tree. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1915
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2003
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