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Edgar Lee Masters (1868–1950). Spoon River Anthology. 1916.

211. Columbus Cheney

THIS weeping willow!

Why do you not plant a few

For the millions of children not yet born,

As well as for us?

Are they not non-existent, or cells asleep

Without mind?

Or do they come to earth, their birth

Rupturing the memory of previous being?

Answer! The field of unexplored intuition is yours.

But in any case why not plant willows for them,

As well as for us?