Edgar Lee Masters

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

Penniwit, The Artist - Poem by Edgar Lee Masters

I lost my patronage in Spoon River
From trying to put my mind in the camera
To catch the soul of the person.
The very best picture I ever took
Was of Judge Somers, attorney at law.
He sat upright and had me pause
Till he got his cross-eye straight.
Then when he was ready he said "all right."
And I yelled "overruled" and his eye turned up.
And I caught him just as he used to look
When saying "I except."


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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