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This poem is taken from PN Review 24, Volume 8 Number 4, March - April 1982.

The Questions of Boeotia N.S. Thompson

How can we best use wintertime and spring
So as to earn our rest in summer, when
Artichokes ripen and the cicala sings?
When fat kids and our temperate cups refresh
Us-sun-scorched workers from the dusty fields?
When should we start to reap the corn, pick beans?
How should the waggon's axle-tree be made?
Which is the best wood for plough-tail or pole?
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