Wise

Lizette Woodworth Reese 1856 (Waverly) – 1935



An apple orchard smells like wine;
A succory flower is blue;
Until Grief touched these eyes of mine,
Such things I never knew.

And now indeed I know so plain
Why one would like to cry
When spouts are full of April rain—
Such lonely folk go by!

So wise, so wise—that my tears fall
Each breaking of the dawn;
That I do long to tell you all—
But you are dead and gone.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 22, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 368
Words 76
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4

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