Francis Turner << --- >> John M. Church
a poem by Edgar Lee Masters
, from his famous Spoon River Anthology
, a collection of epitaph
s/words from beyond the grave from the fictional town of Spoon River
If I could have lived another year
I could have finished my flying machine,
And become rich and famous.
Hence it is fitting the workman
Who tried to chisel a dove for me
Made it look more like a chicken.
For what is it all but being hatched,
And running about the yard,
To the day of the block?
Save that a man has an angel's brain,
And sees the axe from the first!