Charles Hanson Towne

(1847-1949 / United States)

Charles Hanson Towne Poems

81. Unasked 4/3/2010
82. Understanding 4/3/2010
83. Unhappiness 4/3/2010
84. Villanelle 4/3/2010
85. Waiting 4/3/2010
86. The Song Of City Traffic 4/3/2010
87. New Buildings 4/3/2010
88. Silence 4/3/2010
89. The Gladness Of Spring 4/3/2010
90. Renewal 4/3/2010
91. Beyond The Stars 4/3/2010
92. City Children 4/3/2010
93. Love Of Beauty 4/3/2010
94. An Easter Canticle 4/3/2010
95. A City Sunset 4/3/2010
96. At Nightfall 4/3/2010
97. Certainty 4/3/2010
98. Manhattan 4/3/2010
99. A Broken Friendship 4/3/2010
100. Rain On The Roof 4/3/2010
101. The Harvest Of The Sea 4/3/2010
102. The Quiet Singer 1/4/2003
103. The City 1/4/2003
104. City Roofs 1/4/2003
105. Love's Ritual 1/4/2003
106. Of One Self-Slain 1/4/2003
107. Around The Corner 4/3/2010
Best Poem of Charles Hanson Towne

Around The Corner

Around the corner I have a friend,
In this great city that has no end,
Yet the days go by and weeks rush on,
And before I know it, a year is gone.

And I never see my old friends face,
For life is a swift and terrible race,
He knows I like him just as well,
As in the days when I rang his bell.

And he rang mine but we were younger then,
And now we are busy, tired men.
Tired of playing a foolish game,
Tired of trying to make a name.

'Tomorrow' I say! 'I will call on Jim
Just to show that I'm thinking of him',
But tomorrow comes and tomorrow ...

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Of One Self-Slain

When he went blundering back to God,
   His songs half written, his work half done,
Who knows what paths his bruised feet trod,
   What hills of peace or pain he won?

I hope God smiled and took his hand,
   And said, "Poor truant, passionate fool!
Life's book is hard to understand:
   Why couldst thou not remain at school?"

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