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"Despite What We Know" - Laurie Petersen

Something of spring brings out grief,
picking its way back up through mud
in its green and growth, sharp-edged shadow
that skids out of sight as we turn

toward the light.  After so many
seasons, we’ve seen whatever sprouts
wither, whoever shines lowered to soil,

and still we can’t resist
            the splendid world
            the burst of life
            its built-in death.