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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
The Flower of Mending
 
Vachel Lindsay (1879–1931)
 
 
WHEN 1 Dragon-fly would fix his wings,
When Snail would patch his house,
When moths have marred the overcoat
Of tender Mister Mouse,
 
The pretty creatures go with haste        5
To the sunlit blue-grass hills
Where the Flower of Mending yields the wax
And webs to help their ills.
 
The hour the coats are waxed and webbed
They fall into a dream,        10
And when they wake the ragged robes
Are joined without a seam.
 
My heart is but a dragon-fly,
My heart is but a mouse,
My heart is but a haughty snail        15
In a little stony house.
 
Your hand was honey-comb to heal,
Your voice a web to bind.
You were a Mending Flower to me
To cure my heart and mind.        20
 
Note 1. Reprinted by permission of the publishers, from The Chinese Nightingale, and Other Poems, by Vachel Lindsay. Copyright, 1917, by The Macmillan Company. [back]
 

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