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

210. Jennie M’Grew

NOT, where the stairway turns in the dark, 
A hooded figure, shriveled under a flowing cloak! 
Not yellow eyes in the room at night, 
Staring out from a surface of cobweb gray! 
And not the flap of a condor wing,         5
When the roar of life in your ears begins 
As a sound heard never before! 
But on a sunny afternoon, 
By a country road, 
Where purple rag-weeds bloom along a straggling fence,  10
And the field is gleaned, and the air is still, 
To see against the sun-light something black, 
Like a blot with an iris rim— 
That is the sign to eyes of second sight.... 
And that I saw!  15



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