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Edgar Lee Masters - Deacon Taylor

I belonged to the church,
And to the party of prohibition;
And the villagers thought I died of eating watermelon.
In truth I had cirrhosis of the liver,
For every noon for thirty years,
I slipped behind the prescription partition
In Trainor's drug store
And poured a generous drink
From the bottle marked
"Spiritus frumenti." 

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Poet: Edgar Lee Masters
Poem: Deacon Taylor
Poem of the Day: Jul 8 2015

Comment 1 of 1, added on June 11th, 2007 at 6:54 PM.

I plan to use this poem as an example for my students in learning the character traits of abstinence and temperate; as well as their opposing character flaws gluttony and excessive.

Doni Parkinson from United States

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