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

58. Sam Hookey


I RAN away from home with the circus, 
Having fallen in love with Mademoiselle Estralada, 
The lion tamer. 
One time, having starved the lions 
For more than a day,         5
I entered the cage and began to beat Brutus 
And Leo and Gypsy. 
Whereupon Brutus sprang upon me, 
And killed me. 
On entering these regions  10
I met a shadow who cursed me, 
And said it served me right.... 
It was Robespierre! 


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