Edgar Lee Masters

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

Sam Hookey - Poem by Edgar Lee Masters

I ran away from home with the circus,
Having fallen in love with Mademoiselle Estralada,
The lion tamer.
One time, having starved the lions
For more than a day,
I entered the cage and began to beat Brutus
And Leo and Gypsy.
Whereupon Brutus sprang upon me,
And killed me.
On entering these regions
I met a shadow who cursed me,
And said it served me right....
It was Robespierre!


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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