Christopher Morley

At the Mermaid Caffeteria

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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.

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