Elinor Morton Wylie

(7 September 1885 – 16 December 1928 / Somerville, New Jersey)

Now let no charitable hope


Now let no charitable hope
Confuse my mind with images
Of eagle and of antelope:
I am by nature none of these.

I was, being human, born alone;
I am, being woman, hard beset;
I live by squeezing from a stone
What little nourishment I get.

In masks outrageous and austere
The years go by in single file;
But none has merited my fear,
And none has quite escaped my smile.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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