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The North Star Whispers to the Blacksmith's Son
Vachel Lindsay 1879 (Springfield) – 1931 (Springfield)
The North Star whispers: "You are one
Of those whose course no chance can change.
You blunder, but are not undone,
Your spirit-task is fixed and strange.
"When here you walk, a bloodless shade,
A singer all men else forget.
Your chants of hammer, forge and spade
Will move the prarie-village yet.
"That young, stiff-necked, reviling town
Beholds your fancies on her walls,
And paints them out or tears them down,
Or bars them from her feasting halls.
"Yet shall the fragments still remain;
Yet shall remain some watch-tower strong
That ivy-vines will not disdain,
Haunted and trembling with your song.
"Your flambeau in the dusk shall burn,
Flame high in storms, flame white and clear;
Your ghost in gleaming robes return
And burn a deathless incense here."
Submitted on May 13, 2011
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|Scheme||ABAB CDCD EFEF GHGH IXIX|
|Closest metre||Iambic tetrameter|
|Stanza Lengths||4, 4, 4, 4, 4|
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