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    Right, I read a poem ages ago which I really liked and would like to find again. I have googled my arse off and have got nowhere. I can't remember any lines from it.

    Things I remember about it:
    It's by a female, American poet
    It's about nature
    It's about the fact that if humans all died, the Earth would carry on without us and be just as beautiful
    It had 2 or 3 stanzas
    It was once included in a short story set in the future when humans have died

    Someone must know the poem I'm talking about!
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    Hey,

    I know this is an old question, so sorry if you've already found the answer!

    "There will come soft rains"
    by Sara Teasdale

    There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
    And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

    And frogs in the pools singing at night,
    And wild plum trees in tremulous white;

    Robins will wear their feathery fire,
    Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;

    And not one will know of the war, not one
    Will care at last when it is done.

    Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
    If mankind perished utterly;

    And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn
    Would scarcely know that we were gone.



    It doesn't fit with your memory of stanzas, but it's by an American woman and it was also featured in a short story of the same name by Ray Bradbury. Anyway, hope you've had some luck in finding this poem... this is just a shot in the dark.

    Take care.
 
 
 
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