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I came
so that nature would give
Give me the peace and quiet
that the city took
I ordered nature to flood quiet
and solitude
into my soul
wash me all over
an dry me with warm powder
instead nature presented me
with mosquitoes
and black flies
and had a smell that was
not completely clean and fresh
and its grass was yellowed dry
and its music was high pitched
and crickety
and its trees were too darkly
and its air was thick and itchy
Nature I said
you cheated me
and so I got into my car
and drove back to the smoky

Irwin R. Shaw - June 25th 1985