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Don Marquis (1878-1937)

Protest of a Young Intellectual


              1God never plucks me by the sleeve
              2    And begs for my advice,
              3And since He doesn't all His works
              4    Leave me cold as ice.

              5The dust of all the vulgar moons
              6    And planets overhead
              7Is just the same inferior dirt
              8    I daily spurn and tread.

              9Considering the soul I have,
            10    I think it quite unfair
            11That all the air I get to breathe
            12    Is ordinary air!

            13Considering the thoughts I think
            14    And state with every breath
            15It's odd my views have not been asked
            16    Concerning life and death.

            17Considering my brains, 'tis strange --
            18    (If it is nothing worse!)
            19That God has not consulted me
            20    About the universe.

            21Since God does naught but frown at me,
            22    I shall do more than frown!
            23I'll start a Pale Brown Magazine
            24    And shake the Cosmos down!

Notes

23] I.e., one printed on inexpensive paper.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Don Marquis, Love Sonnets of a Cave Man and Other Verses (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1928): 72-73. PS 3525 A797L6 Robarts Library
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/7/5

Form: quatrains
Rhyme: abcb


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