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Richard Wilbur - The Beautiful Changes

One wading a Fall meadow finds on all sides 
The Queen Anne's Lace lying like lilies
On water; it glides
So from the walker, it turns 
Dry grass to a lake, as the slightest shade of
Valleys my mind in fabulous blue Lucernes.

The beautiful changes as a forest is changed 
By a chameleon's tuning his skin to it;
As a mantis, arranged
On a green leaf, grows
Into it, makes the leaf leafier, and proves
Any greenness is deeper than anyone knows.

Your hands hold roses always in a way that 
They are not only yours; the beautiful changes
In such kind ways,
Wishing ever to sunder
Things and things' selves for a second finding,
     to lose
For a moment all that it touches back to 

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Poet: Richard Wilbur
Poem: The Beautiful Changes
Volume: The Beautiful Changes
Year: Published/Written in 1947

Comment 8 of 8, added on June 13th, 2013 at 7:44 PM.
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Vedlinejada from Algeria
Comment 7 of 8, added on May 19th, 2010 at 9:08 PM.

is "fabulous blue Lucernes" a reference to the Lake of Lucerne in Switzerland?

steve from United States
Comment 6 of 8, added on May 19th, 2010 at 9:03 PM.

hum. i thought it was obviously a poem about love. "Your hands hold roses always in a way...". He's saying that her beauty, like the beauty of nature, put his mind "in wonder" etc.. but what do i know.....

steve from United States

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