Edgar Lee Masters

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

Judge Somers - Poem by Edgar Lee Masters

How does it happen, tell me,
That I who was the most erudite of lawyers,
Who knew Blackstone and Coke
Almost by heart, who made the greatest speech
The court-house ever heard, and wrote
A brief that won the praise of Justice Breese--
How does it happen, tell me,
That I lie here unmarked, forgotten,
While Chase Henry, the town drunkard,
Has a marble block, topped by an urn,
Wherein Nature, in a mood ironical,
Has sown a flowering seed?


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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