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

97. Eugenia Todd


HAVE any of you, passers-by, 
Had an old tooth that was an unceasing discomfort? 
Or a pain in the side that never quite left you? 
Or a malignant growth that grew with time? 
So that even in profoundest slumber         5
There was shadowy consciousness or the phantom of thought 
Of the tooth, the side, the growth? 
Even so thwarted love, or defeated ambition, 
Or a blunder in life which mixed your life 
Hopelessly to the end,  10
Will, like a tooth, or a pain in the side, 
Float through your dreams in the final sleep 
Till perfect freedom from the earth-sphere 
Comes to you as one who wakes 
Healed and glad in the morning!  15


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