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Edwin Arlington Robinson

Maine / United States
Edwin Arlington Robinson
Maine / United States
Friday, January 3, 2003

Doctor Of Billiards

Rating: 2.7
Of all among the fallen from on high,
We count you last and leave you to regain
Your born dominion of a life made vain
By three spheres of insidious ivory.
You dwindle to the lesser tragedy—
Content, you say. We call, but you remain.
Nothing alive gone wrong could be so plain,
Or quite so blasted with absurdity.

You click away the kingdom that is yours,
And you click off your crown for cap and bells;
You smile, who are still master of the feast,
And for your smile we credit you the least;
But when your false, unhallowed laugh occurs,
We seem to think there may be something else.
Edwin Arlington Robinson
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COMMENTS
Michael Walker 11 February 2020
A critical appraisal of the doctor of billiards.He has wasted his life playing an addictive game. Many men do this, in my experience. 'You click away the kingdom that is yours, '- the best line, I think.
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