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JiminRingoes
Ringoes, NJ

September 20, 2010
4:18 AM

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If you like Virginia Creeper, as I do, you'll probably enjoy John Updike's poem.

Creeper

With what stoic delicacy does
Virginia creeper let go:
the feeblest tug brings down
a sheaf of leaves kite-high,
as if to say, To live is good
but not to live - to be pulled down
with scarce a ripping sound,
still flourishing, still
stretching toward the sun -
is good also, all photosynthesis
abandoned, quite quits. Next spring
the hairy rootlets left upulled
snake out a leafy afterlife
up that same smooth-barked oak.

(from Endpoint and other poems, by John Updike, pub. Alfred A. Knopf 2009)

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