Treasure Island

Edgar Lee Masters

(23 August 1868 – 5 March 1950 / Kansas / United States)

Archibald Higbie


I loathed you, Spoon River. I tried to rise above you,
I was ashamed of you. I despised you
As the place of my nativity.
And there in Rome, among the artists,
Speaking Italian, speaking French,
I seemed to myself at times to be free
Of every trace of my origin.
I seemed to be reaching the heights of art
And to breathe the air that the masters breathed,
And to see the world with their eyes.
But still they'd pass my work and say:
"What are you driving at, my friend?
Sometimes the face looks like Apollo's
At others it has a trace of Lincoln's."
There was no culture, you know, in Spoon River,
And I burned with shame and held my peace.
And what could I do, all covered over
And weighted down with western soil,
Except aspire, and pray for another
Birth in the world, with all of Spoon River
Rooted out of my soul?

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: culture, river, birth, sometimes, work, peace, friend, world, rose

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Archibald Higbie by Edgar Lee Masters )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

New Poems

  1. Mere Maula, Mere Maula, Rakesh Sinha
  2. Fact, Somanathan Iyer
  3. missing my son, jaquesha webb
  4. Love is tolerance, Somanathan Iyer
  5. Flattered lives, Somanathan Iyer
  6. Live Paintings, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  7. Colorless Light, Sandra Feldman
  8. The ragged men of Indian English poetry, Bijay Kant Dubey
  9. Thoughts, nicholle gibson
  10. PH: Sin: The Wages Of Sin, Brian Johnston

Poem of the Day

poet Henry Vaughan

They are all gone into the world of light!
And I alone sit ling'ring here;
Their very memory is fair and bright,
And my sad thoughts doth clear.

...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. The Art of Disappearing, Naomi Shihab Nye
  5. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  8. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  9. Being With You, Heather Burns
  10. Friends Departed, Henry Vaughan

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]