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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Massachusetts Poets.  1922.
 
Dragon
 
Jeannette Marks
 
 
Some saw a dragon eating up the light,
      Oho! Oho! Oho, ho, ho!
Some heard a lost bird riding out the night,
      Oho! Oho! Oho, ho, ho!
 
But I saw:
      A low dark hill with its twisted back
        5
      Two wings of flame from the green cloud rack,
      A sprawling flank overlaid with leaf
      Glitter and gleam and shine like steel,
      Crackle and lash like a serpent’s tail!
 
And I heard:
      The wind draw out of the west and wail,
        10
      Dance and stagger and jig and reel!
      With the long low sound of a life in grief!
 
I saw a life in grief
  Oho! Oho! Oho, ho, ho
Dance and stagger and jig and reel!        15
  Oho! Oho! Oho, ho, ho!

  “THE BOOKMAN.”
 

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