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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Feud
By Madison Cawein (1865–1914)
 
From ‘Poems’

A MILE of lane,—hedged high with ironweeds
And dying daisies,—white with sun, that leads
Downward into a wood; through which a stream
  Steals like a shadow; over which is laid
A bridge of logs, worn deep by many a team,        5
  Sunk in the tangled shade.
 
Far off a wood-dove lifts its lonely cry;
And in the sleepy silver of the sky
A gray hawk wheels no larger than a hand.—
  From point to point the road grows worse and worse,        10
Until that place is reached where all the land
  Seems burdened with some curse.
 
A ragged fence of pickets, warped and sprung,—
On which the fragments of a gate are hung,—
Divides a hill, the fox and ground-hog haunt,        15
  A wilderness of briars; o’er whose tops
A battered barn is seen, low-roofed and gaunt,
  ’Mid fields that know no crops.
 
Fields over which a path, o’erwhelmed with burrs
And ragweeds, noisy with the grasshoppers,        20
Leads,—lost, irresolute as paths the cows
  Wear through the woods,—unto a woodshed; then,
With wrecks of windows, to a huddled house,
  Where men have murdered men.
 
A house, whose tottering chimney, clay and rock,        25
Is seamed and crannied; whose lame door and lock
Are bullet-bored; around which, there and here,
  Are sinister stains.—One dreads to look around,—
The place seems thinking of that time of fear
  And dares not breathe a sound.        30
 
Within is emptiness: the sunlight falls
On faded journals papering the walls;
On advertisement chromos, torn with time,
  Around a hearth where wasps and spiders build.—
The house is dead: meseems that night of crime        35
  It, too, was shot and killed.
 
 
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