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

168. Dillard Sissman


THE BUZZARDS wheel slowly 
In wide circles, in a sky 
Faintly hazed as from dust from the road. 
And a wind sweeps through the pasture where I lie 
Beating the grass into long waves.         5
My kite is above the wind, 
Though now and then it wobbles, 
Like a man shaking his shoulders; 
And the tail streams out momentarily, 
Then sinks to rest.  10
And the buzzards wheel and wheel, 
Sweeping the zenith with wide circles 
Above my kite. And the hills sleep. 
And a farm house, white as snow, 
Peeps from green trees—far away.  15
And I watch my kite, 
For the thin moon will kindle herself ere long, 
Then she will swing like a pendulum dial 
To the tail of my kite. 
A spurt of flame like a water-dragon  20
Dazzles my eyes— 
I am shaken as a banner! 


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