„Like witches they flew along rows,
Keeping creation at ease“

—  Theodore Roethke, Context: Like witches they flew along rows, Keeping creation at ease; With a tendril for needle They sewed up the air with a stem; They teased out the seed that the cold kept asleep, — All the coils, loops and whorls. They trellised the sun; they plotted for more than themselves. "Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze," ll. 19-25
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—  Stephen Vincent Benét poet, short story writer, novelist 1898 - 1943
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