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  1. The bank was thick with yellow speckled leaves
    their brown and veinous palm-lines stretching out
    as if each leaf was something important. The reeds
    reached up from the slow-moving canal. In mute
    ceremony tree-boughs overhung the path's sight.
    Along the towpath brambles and creepers tangled.
    There were sheep behind the wire fence, which put
    Animal noise alongside rustlings - they fed
    In that winter I stood and thought and was glad