Branch by Branch

(1960)

"Branch by Branch" is the second song of H. Leslie Adams' song cycle Five Millay Songs.

Branch by Branch
by Edna St. Vincent Millay


Branch by branch this tree has died.
Green only is one last bough
Moving its leaves in the sun.
What evil ate its root,
What blight,
What ugly thing?
Let the mole say,
The bird sing,
Or the white worm behind the shedding bark
Tick in the dark.
You and I have only one thing to do,
Saw, saw, saw the trunk through.


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