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Feed thee with famine and fever and fine drouth, With perfect pangs convulse thy perfect mouth, Make thy life shudder in thee and burn afresh.
The apostrophe at the end of the poem--like the imagined meeting with the dying man in "Chain Saw in Vermont at Dawn in Time of Drouth," the poet's vision of the dying farmer whose farm he flies over in "Immortality Over the Dakotas," or the wish the poet entertains for his son when the son himself comes to be an old man in "Sunset Walk in Thaw-Time in Vermont"--seeks a kind of impossible communion.
It would inform the tree and all its parts, specifying the thickness of bark near the base and the thinness near the top, the number of branches, the density of foliage, the suppleness in wind, the process of pumping water nearly three hundred feet above the ground, the insulation against heat and cold, the resistance to fire and disease and drouth, and placing and depth of roots, with notes about which food they were to select, the adaptability to varying sites--a long list of things a tree ought to know, each essential, none superfluous.
And fierce he looked North, then, wheeling South, Blew with his bugle a challenge to Drouth,
The outrage lay not only in that outside critics were condemning `a group of courageous Americans for a six-year drouth cycle and national conditions beyond their control'; they were also destroying the property values, bank credit, and business prospects of the region.
Richard saw nothing except the fire which caused 'such an unquenchable drouth in his stomache .
The hills have given me quiet breasts, Young streams for ease in time of drouth, And a star's sweet astonishment Kindness, to lay against my mouth.
What with frost, drouth, moisture, and worms, the greater part are soon destroyed.
In a drouth of this duration, the occasional sprinkle hardly counts.
But Gordon Smith was never one of them - while his fellow players brought a healthy drouth to the table, he abstained.