Sunday, April 11, 2010

Dark Ditties: Of One Self-Slain

Here's another Dark Ditty, this time taken from 1919's The Second Book of Modern Verse.  Click here to grab the book for free. It's a very brief couplet about a man who committed suicide, only to then find himself berated by God.


Of One Self-Slain.
by Charles Hanson Towne

When he went blundering back to God,
His songs half written, his work half done,
Who knows what paths his bruised feet trod,
What hills of peace or pain he won?
I hope God smiled and took his hand,
And said, "Poor truant, passionate fool!
Life's book is hard to understand:
Why couldst thou not remain at school?"

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