Tales of Wysteria / What is left is what is

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“The opening out and out,
body yielding body:
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the breaking
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through which the new
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comes,
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perching
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above its shadow
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on the piling up
darkened broken old
husks of itself:
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bud opening to flower
opening to fruit opening
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to the sweet marrow
of the seed–
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taken
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from what was, from
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what could have been.
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What is left
is what is.”
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— The Broken Ground by Wendell Berry, in Selected Poems

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