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Edwin Arlington Robinson - Shadrach O'Leary

O’Leary was a poet—for a while: 
He sang of many ladies frail and fair, 
The rolling glory of their golden hair, 
And emperors extinguished with a smile. 
They foiled his years with many an ancient wile,
And if they limped, O’Leary didn’t care: 
He turned them loose and had them everywhere, 
Undoing saints and senates with their guile. 

But this was not the end. A year ago 
I met him—and to meet was to admire:
Forgotten were the ladies and the lyre, 
And the small, ink-fed Eros of his dream. 
By questioning I found a man to know— 
A failure spared, a Shadrach of the Gleam. 

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Poet: Edwin Arlington Robinson
Poem: Shadrach O'Leary
Poem of the Day: Jan 19 2006

Comment 1 of 1, added on July 11th, 2008 at 5:26 AM.

This poem reminds me of the short story "Babylon Revisited" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I like them both because they deal in a positive way with recovery.

Michael B. Whalen from Italy

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