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

29. Hare Drummer


DO the boys and girls still go to Siever’s 
For cider, after school, in late September? 
Or gather hazel nuts among the thickets 
On Aaron Hatfield’s farm when the frosts begin? 
For many times with the laughing girls and boys         5
Played I along the road and over the hills 
When the sun was low and the air was cool, 
Stopping to club the walnut tree 
Standing leafless against a flaming west. 
Now, the smell of the autumn smoke,  10
And the dropping acorns, 
And the echoes about the vales 
Bring dreams of life. They hover over me. 
They question me: 
Where are those laughing comrades?  15
How many are with me, how many 
In the old orchards along the way to Siever’s, 
And in the woods that overlook 
The quiet water? 


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