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Edgar Lee Masters (1868–1950).  Spoon River Anthology.  1916.

121. The Unknown


YE aspiring ones, listen to the story of the unknown 
Who lies here with no stone to mark the place. 
As a boy reckless and wanton, 
Wandering with gun in hand through the forest 
Near the mansion of Aaron Hatfield,         5
I shot a hawk perched on the top 
Of a dead tree. 
He fell with guttural cry 
At my feet, his wing broken. 
Then I put him in a cage  10
Where he lived many days cawing angrily at me 
When I offered him food. 
Daily I search the realms of Hades 
For the soul of the hawk, 
That I may offer him the friendship  15
Of one whom life wounded and caged. 


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