Edward Wright Haile
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A World Without People
… a world of birds and ponds,
of camphor-scented glades, a new one
in morning flames beyond each one
my soul comes and inquires within,
one with showers of light spotting the sea’s nameless floors,
nameless glades, full of chatter,
colored roots, great cats loping in retreat,
big-eyed dogs licking and shameless,
and never the solitaire hand of money-making,
the forcing plow before the money-shire,
the clink of scheming, the cuss of sweat,
but a world that washes, cools, christens with scent,
a world of life farmed with the...
Zz 002 Cruel Disdain
Lady, you have no fault but cruel disdain.
And one who knows you best (but owns you least)
knows flattery has made you mirror-vain,
and there true admiration looks the beast.
That anything but truth can praise, despair.
There is a handsomeness deserving pride,
the same as pride in knowing who you are,
but not a morning’s vanity applied