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This poem is taken from PN Review 130, Volume 26 Number 2, November - December 1999.

Seven Poems Richard Wilbur

A Short History

Corn planted us; tamed cattle made us tame.
Thence hut and citadel and kingdom came.


Signatures

False Solomon's Seal -
So called because it lacks a
Star-scar on the heel,

And ends its arched stem
In a spray of white florets,
Later changing them

To a red, not blue,
Spatter of berries - is no
Falser than the true.

Solomon, who raised
The temple and wrote the song,
Wouldn't have dispraised

This bowed, graceful plant
So like an aspergillum,
...


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