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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Adventurer
By Wilton Agnew Barrett
 
I
WHAT is he struggling to say,
With his red, wrinkled face
And clawing hands?
He has just come out of the darkness,
Its silence is still upon him,        5
And already he wants to talk about life!
 
Hush!—
Perhaps he has some great secret of birth and death,
Learned back there in the black womb,
Which he feels life stealing;        10
And he wants to tell it to us
And cannot.
 
He is more terrible than funny.
 
II
Gallop, gallop on my knee—
What a tireless rider!        15
 
I didn’t think of your doing this
When, in the stillness of night,
We set you stirring.
 
Now I suppose you must keep on!
 
If you follow your daddy        20
You will have a merry and sad time,
Riding a cock-horse
To Banbury Cross.
 
III
Arise, child, in the morning!
Go down upon the shining beach,        25
Find the glinting shells
And the white drops of moonstone.
 
Gather and toss them away,
Leaping.
 
Under the towering sky        30
Be wild as you are white!
Your limbs are light and can dance.
 
Do you know how far they can dance?
Dance, child, and see.
 
 
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