Christopher Morley

(5 May 1890 – 28 March 1957 / Haverford, Pennslyvania)

At the Mermaid Caffeteria


TRUTH is enough for prose:
Calmly it goes
To tell just what it knows.

For verse, skill will suffice-
Delicate, nice
Casting of verbal dice.

Poetry, men attain
By subtler pain
More flagrant in the brain-

An honesty unfeigned,
A heart unchained,
A madness well restrained.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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