Thousands upon thousands of grains of sand,
Rivers that know no rest, the sparkling white
Snowflake more delicate than a shadow, light
Shadow of a leaf, the cloudless strand
Where the surf spreads its momentary foam,
The prehistoric pathways of the bison
And of the faithful arrow, a horizon
Or two, tobacco fields in a gray brume,
The mountain summit, the reposeful minerals,
The Orinoco, the elaborate game
That earth and air and fire and water frame,
League after league of docile animals,
Will take your hand from my hand clean away,
But then so will the night, the dawn, the day. . .