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This poem is taken from Poetry Nation 6 Number 6, 1976.

Dirge for Four Mexican Jumping Beans Margaret Newlin

What you have seen
All these centuries,
Old moon,
Snide face!
And tonight, do you deign to attend
This diminutive event?

Tapping, tapping, like a blind man
The Daddy-Long-Legs comes.
Dipping and stitching, two dragonflies
Suture the water like a shroud.
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