Hod Putt

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



Here I lie close to the grave
Of Old Bill Piersol,
Who grew rich trading with the indians, and who
Afterwards took the bankrupt law
And emergeed from it richer than ever.
Myself grown tired of toil and poverty
And beholding how Old Bill and others grew in wealth,
Robbed a traveler one night near Proctor's Grove,
Killing him unwittingly while doing so,
For the which I was tried and hanged.
That was my way of going into bankruptcy.
Now we who took the bankrupt law in our respective ways
Sleep peacefully side by side.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme ABCDEFGHIJFKL
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 528
Words 97
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 13

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