Arlo Will

Edgar Lee Masters 1868 (Garnett) – 1950 (Elkins Park)



Did you ever see an alligator
Come up to the air from the mud,
Staring blindly under the full glare of noon?
Have you seen the stabled horses at night
Tremble and start back at the sight of a lantern?
Have you ever walked in darkness
When an unknown door was open before you
And you stood, it seemed, in the light of a thousand candles
Of delicate wax?
Have you walked with the wind in your ears
And the sunlight about you
And found it suddenly shine with an inner splendor?
Out of the mud many times,
Before many doors of light,
Through many fields of splendor,
Where around your steps a soundless glory scatters
Like new-fallen snow,
Will you go through earth, O strong of soul,
And through unnumbered heavens
To the final flame!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Scheme ABCDEFGHIJGAKDAFLMNO
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 720
Words 138
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 20

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