Poetry that lives in my head #3: A little free verse called “Absolutes” by Gustave Keyser, found in many high school English textbooks

“black on white
  crow in snow
                hunched
                wet lump
  on brittle branch
  remembering warmth
  remembering corn
  miserable
  as life
  is
  black on white”
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Back in high school I couldn’t google the parenthetical “(from an ink painting by Seiho)” that followed the poem. Kind of ruins my mental image. Oh well.

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