A Child's Fancy

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A Child's Fancy
written by William Henry Davies
From "Ambition", 1929 Link to further information




His chin went up and down, and chewed at nothing,
His back was bent - the man was old and tired;
Toothless and frail, he hobbled on his way,
Admiring nothing, and by none admired;
Unless it was that child, with eager eyes,
Who stared amazed to see so strange a man,
And hobbled home himself, with shoulders raised
Trying to make his chin go up and down;
Unless it was that much affected child,
With rounded shoulders, like the old man seen -
Who asked his mother why he was not made
The wonderful strange sight he might have been.

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