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American Life in Poetry: Brief Eden

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By Ted Kooser

I like this poem by 97-year-old Lois Beebe Hayna of Colorado for the way it captures restrained speech. The speaker spends most of her words in describing a season, but behind the changes of spring another significant change is suggested.

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Brief Eden

For part of one strange year we lived

in a small house at the edge of a wood.

No neighbors, which suited us. Nobody

to ask questions. Except

for the one big question we went on

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