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For the Shop


ISSUE:  Winter 2004

He wrapped them carefully and tidily
in precious green silk.

Roses of rubies, lilies of pearl,
violets of amethyst. He judges them

as he wants them to be, sees them beautiful, not as he saw them
in nature, not as he studied them. He will leave them in the safe

as a token of his daring and skilled work.
If some customer comes into the shop,

he takes from the cases other things to sell—first-rate ornaments—
bracelets, chains, necklaces, and rings.

 [1913]

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