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

21. Minerva Jones

I AM Minerva, the village poetess, 
Hooted at, jeered at by the Yahoos of the street 
For my heavy body, cock-eye, and rolling walk, 
And all the more when “Butch” Weldy 
Captured me after a brutal hunt.         5
He left me to my fate with Doctor Meyers; 
And I sank into death, growing numb from the feet up, 
Like one stepping deeper and deeper into a stream of ice. 
Will some one go to the village newspaper, 
And gather into a book the verses I wrote?—  10
I thirsted so for love! 
I hungered so for life! 



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