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LXV [Once, I knew a fine song]

Once, I knew a fine song,
—It is true, believe me,—
It was all of birds,
And I held them in a basket;
When I opened the wicket,
Heavens! They all flew away.
I cried, “Come back, little thoughts!”
But they only laughed.
They flew on
Until they were as sand
Thrown between me and the sky.

Credit


This poem is in the public domain. 

About this Poem


“LXV [Once, I knew a fine song]” was published in The Black Riders and Other Lines (Copeland and Day, 1896).

Author


Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane, born in 1871, was a prolific writer of poetry and fiction.

Date Published: 1896-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/lxv-once-i-knew-fine-song