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by Stephen Crane (1871 - 1900)

Once, I knew a fine song
Language: English 
Once, I knew a fine song, 
-- It is true, believe me, --
It was all of birds, 
And I held them in a basket;
When I opened the wicket, 
Heavens! They all flew away. 
I cried, "Come back, little thoughts! 
But they only laughed. 
They flew on
Until they were as sand 
Thrown between me and the sky.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-02-16
Line count: 11
Word count: 57