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Edgar Lee Masters (1868–1950).  Spoon River Anthology.  1916.

181. Tom Merritt

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,         5
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,  10
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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