Edgar Lee Masters

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

Tom Merritt - Poem by Edgar Lee Masters

At first I suspected something --
She acted so calm and absent-minded.
And one day I heard the back door shut,
As I entered the front, and I saw him slink
Back of the smokehouse into the lot,
And run across the field.
And I meant to kill him on sight.
But that day, walking near Fourth Bridge,
Without a stick or a stone at hand,
All of a sudden I saw him standing,
Scared to death, holding his rabbits,
And all I could say was, "Don't, Don't, Don't,"
As he aimed and fired at my heart.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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