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Edwin Arlington Robinson - Karma

Christmas was in the air and all was well
With him, but for a few confusing flaws
In divers of God's images. Because
A friend of his would neither buy nor sell,
Was he to answer for the axe that fell?
He pondered; and the reason for it was,
Partly, a slowly freezing Santa Claus
Upon the corner, with his beard and bell.

Acknowledging an improvident surprise,
He magnified a fancy that he wished
The friend whom he had wrecked were here again.
Not sure of that, he found a compromise;
And from the fulness of his heart he fished
A dime for Jesus who had died for men.

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Poet: Edwin Arlington Robinson
Poem: Karma

Comment 3 of 3, added on February 10th, 2012 at 3:31 PM.

ZzfhTh Fresh thoughts, fresh view on the subject..!!

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Comment 2 of 3, added on June 2nd, 2005 at 10:15 AM.

This is a Petrachan sonnet with multiple examples of the technique of enjambment. Except for irregularities in lines 1, 7, and 9, its meter is iambic pentameter. But one can read and thoroughly enjoy the poem without being aware of any of these things.

Emily from United States
Comment 1 of 3, added on December 1st, 2004 at 11:19 AM.

For 30 years I have read this poem at Christmas. I love the irony and it hits home to my heart, reminding me that fishing a dime for Jesus is entirely insufficient service required by Him. It is becoming more ironic every year as the Salvation Army bellringers are being squeezed from storefronts.

Richard from United States

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