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Edna St. Vincent Millay

Observe how Miyanoshita cracked in two

And slid into the valley; he that stood Grinning with terror in the bamboo wood S

aw the earth heave and thrust its bowels through The hill, and his own kitchen slide from view,

Spilling the warm bowl of his humble food Into the lap of horror; mark how lewd This cluttered gulf,--'twas here his paddy grew.

Dread and dismay have not encompassed him;

The calm sun sets; unhurried and aloof Into the riven village falls the rain;

Days pass; the ashes cool; he builds again

His paper house upon oblivion's brim,

And plants the purple iris in its roof.

 This poem is about a Japanese farmer who lost everything in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 then waits days for the ashes to cool, then “builds again."  It's an example of optimism.

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