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Poem Number 23

Today's very short poem reminds us
there are two ways of looking at things.

Note: This is such a short poem,
it should be read twice.


Carol Snow

Near a shrine in Japan he'd swept the path
and then placed camellia blossoms there.

Or -- we had no way of knowing -- he'd swept the path
between fallen camellias.


from For, 2000
University of California Press, Berkeley, Calif.

Copyright 2000 by the Regents of the University of California.
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