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This poem is taken from PN Review 100, Volume 21 Number 2, November - December 1994.

Six Poems John Heath-Stubbs

Mozart walking in the garden,
Tormented beside cool waters,
Remembered the empty-headed girl,
And the surly porters,

The singing-bird in the snuff-box,
And the clown's comic nose;
And scattered the thin blue petals
Of a steel rose.

The Dog Star now, negating all desires,
Hurls through the atmosphere destructive fires;
  In mute indifference heart and pen must lie,

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