A. J. M. Smith, The Complete Poems, ed. Brian Trehearne (London, Ontario: Canadian Poetry Press, 2007): .
1Weep not on this quiet stone,
2I, embedded here
3Where sturdy roots divide the bone
4And tendrils split a hair,
5Bespeak you comfort of the grass
6That is embodied me,
7Which as I am, not as I was,
8Would choose to be.
RPO poem Editors:
Ian Lancashire / Sharine Leung
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