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

188. Ami Green

NOT “a youth with hoary head and haggard eye,” 
But an old man with a smooth skin 
And black hair! 
I had the face of a boy as long as I lived, 
And for years a soul that was stiff and bent,         5
In a world which saw me just as a jest, 
To be hailed familiarly when it chose, 
And loaded up as a man when it chose, 
Being neither man nor boy. 
In truth it was soul as well as body  10
Which never matured, and I say to you 
That the much-sought prize of eternal youth 
Is just arrested growth. 



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