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The First Dandelion is an indication that winter is on its way out. It is simple, fresh and fair, unlike the cunning tricks of fashion, business, and politics. The definition of artifice is a clever trick or stratagem; a cunning, crafty device or expedient; wile. In contrast to the social confines of fashion, business, and politics, the dandelion is compared to positive qualities of nature. It is trustful because it shows its face in the same aspect every year. The dandelion is reliable unlike the artifice of false social constructs. When WHitman sees the first dandelion, it is as if nothing else exists but this beautiful sign of the beginning of spring.

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Simple and fresh and fair from winters close emerging,
As if no artifice of fashion, business, politics, had ever been,
Forth from its sunny nook of shelterd grass innocent, golden,
calm as the dawn,
The springs first dandelion shows its trustful face.