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Columbus Cheney
by Edgar Lee Masters
[from Spoon River Anthology, 1915]

This weeping willow!
Why do you not plant a few
For the millions of children not yet born,
As well as for us?
Are they not non-existent, or cells asleep
Without mind?
Or do they come to earth, their birth
Rupturing the memory of previous being?
Answer!  The field of unexplored intuition is yours.
But in any case why not plant willows for them,
As well as for us? 

[To read more Spoon River Anthology click here.]