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Mary Carolyn Davies

Mary Carolyn Davies was born in Sprague, Washington in the late 1880s, though the dates of her birth and death are often contested. She grew up in Portland, Oregon, and was the author of several collections of poetry, including Marriage Songs (H. Vinal, 1923), Youth Riding (Macmillan, 1919), and The Drums in our Street (Macmillan, 1918). She died some time around 1940.

By This Poet

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Songs of a Girl

I
Perhaps,
God, planting Eden,	
Dropped, by mistake, a seed	
In Time’s neighbor-plot,	
That grew to be
This hour?	
 
II
You and I picked up Life and looked at it curiously;	
We did not know whether to keep it for a plaything or not.	
It was beautiful to see, like a red firecracker,	
And we knew, too, that it was lighted.
We dropped it while the fuse was still burning …	
 
III
I am going to die too, flower, in a little while—	
Do not be so proud.	
 
IV
The sun is dying	
Alone
On an island	
In the bay.	
 
Close your eyes, poppies—	
I would not have you see death.	
You are so young!
 
V
The sun falls	
Like a drop of blood	
From some hero.	
 
We,	
Who love pain,
Delight in this.