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  • It is true that the rivers went nosing like swine,

    Tugging at banks, until they seemed

    Bland belly-sounds in somnolent troughs,

    That the air was heavy with the breath of these swine,

    The breath of turgid summer, and

    Heavy with thunder's rattapallax,

    That the man who erected this cabin, planted

    This field, and tended it awhile,

    Knew not the quirks of imagery,

    That the hours of his indolent, arid days,

    Grotesque with this nosing in banks,

    This somnolence and rattapallax,

    Seemed to suckle themselves on his arid being,

    As the swine-like rivers suckled themselves

    While they went seaward to the sea-mouths.

    Frogs Eat Butterflies, Snakes Eat Frogs, Hogs Eat Snakes, Men Eat Hogs, Wallace Stevens

    December 30, 2011