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- I WAS well known and much beloved
- And rich, as fortunes are reckoned
- In Spoon River, where I had lived and worked.
- That was the home for me,
- Though all my children had flown afar—
- Which is the way of Nature—all but one.
- The boy, who was the baby, stayed at home,
- To be my help in my failing years
- And the solace of his mother.
- But I grew weaker, as he grew stronger,
- And he quarreled with me about the business,
- And his wife said I was a hindrance to it;
- And he won his mother to see as he did,
- Till they tore me up to be transplanted
- With them to her girlhood home in Missouri.
- And so much of my fortune was gone at last,
- Though I made the will just as he drew it,
- He profited little by it.
- Edgar lee Masters
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