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Edgar Lee Masters - Elsa Wertman

I was a peasant girl from Germany,
Blue-eyed, rosy, happy and strong.
And the first place I worked was at Thomas Greene's.
On a summer's day when she was away
He stole into the kitchen and took me
Right in his arms and kissed me on my throat,
I turning my head. Then neither of us
Seemed to know what happened.
And I cried for what would become of me.
And cried and cried as my secret began to show.
One day Mrs. Greene said she understood,
And would make no trouble for me,
And, being childless, would adopt it.
(He had given her a farm to be still. )
So she hid in the house and sent out rumors,
As if it were going to happen to her.
And all went well and the child was born -- They were so kind to me.
Later I married Gus Wertman, and years passed.
But -- at political rallies when sitters-by thought I was crying
At the eloquence of Hamilton Greene --
That was not it.
No! I wanted to say:
That's my son!
That's my son! 

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Poet: Edgar Lee Masters
Poem: Elsa Wertman
Poem of the Day: Nov 5 2012

Comment 2 of 2, added on November 5th, 2012 at 8:42 AM.

to Elsa: Alone:
I and the sunray and the memory
Of childhood years and the true fears
As the birds wake up at their oak tree
And the shy moon away disappears
I know not where and no longer shone
Now, the heart in peace, I am alone
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Altair Laahad
Comment 1 of 2, added on March 9th, 2009 at 10:29 AM.

This poem does´nt speak to me it doesn´t make any since at all.I dislike everything about it specially the missing of mentioning sheeps the best creature known to man...

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