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

47. Margaret Fuller Slack


I WOULD have been as great as George Eliot 
But for an untoward fate. 
For look at the photograph of me made by Penniwit, 
Chin resting on hand, and deep-set eyes— 
Gray, too, and far-searching.         5
But there was the old, old problem: 
Should it be celibacy, matrimony or unchastity? 
Then John Slack, the rich druggist, wooed me, 
Luring me with the promise of leisure for my novel, 
And I married him, giving birth to eight children,  10
And had no time to write. 
It was all over with me, anyway, 
When I ran the needle in my hand 
While washing the baby’s things, 
And died from lock-jaw, an ironical death.  15
Hear me, ambitious souls, 
Sex is the curse of life! 


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