Twenty men crossing a bridge,
Into a village,
Are twenty men crossing twenty bridges,
Into twenty villages,
Or one man
Crossing a single bridge into a village.
 
This is old song
That will not declare itself . . .
 
Twenty men crossing a bridge,
Into a village,
Are
Twenty men crossing a bridge
Into a village.
 
That will not declare itself
Yet is certain as meaning . . .
 
The boots of the men clump
On the boards of the bridge.
The first white wall of the village
Rises through fruit-trees.
Of what was it I was thinking?
So the meaning escapes.
 
The first white wall of the village . . .
The fruit-trees . . .

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