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

133. Rosie Roberts


I WAS sick, but more than that, I was mad 
At the crooked police, and the crooked game of life. 
So I wrote to the Chief of Police at Peoria: 
“I am here in my girlhood home in Spoon River, 
Gradually wasting away.         5
But come and take me, I killed the son 
Of the merchant prince, in Madam Lou’s, 
And the papers that said he killed himself 
In his home while cleaning a hunting gun— 
Lied like the devil to hush up scandal,  10
For the bribe of advertising. 
In my room I shot him, at Madam Lou’s, 
Because he knocked me down when I said 
That, in spite of all the money he had, 
I’d see my lover that night.”  15


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