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Will childless men like me
in extreme old age
be taunted by unborn daughters
and sons
lamenting their right
to the chance of a human form
or will Earth deep outside,
despite degradation,
in my single heirless loneliness,
with Summer-wide light —
dust in the rain — pink issued
on a vanishing cloud —
thank me imperceptibly
through the hush of landscape
for not breaking Its back
with the strain?

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