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Mary Carolyn Davies

"I sat on a broad stone / And sang to the birds. / The tune was God's making / But I made the words."

Mary Carolyn Davies, "The Day Before April," Youth Riding (1919)

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"Pain / Rusts into beauty, too. / I know full well that this is so: / I had a heartbreak long ago."

Mary Carolyn Davies, "Rust," Youth Riding (1919)

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"The dead make rules, and I obey. / I, too, shall be dead some day."

Mary Carolyn Davies, "The Dead Make Rules," Youth Riding (1919)

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"The talking oak / To the ancients spoke. / But any tree / Will talk to me."

Mary Carolyn Davies, "Be Different to Trees," The Skyline Trail (1924)

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"... my thoughts are sea-gulls / Lifting out to sea."

Mary Carolyn Davies, "Sea-Gull Song," The Skyline Trail (1924)

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"... I shall never be afraid / Even of life; / And who that does not fear life can fear Death / Which is so much a lesser thing?"

Mary Carolyn Davies, "A Mining Town," The Skyline Trail (1924)

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"... there is no woe the forest can not heal, nor any grief."

Mary Carolyn Davies, "Trails," The Skyline Trail (1924)

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"The desert is a nun, for no man's wooing, / Vowed to eternal silence through the years, / Serene, unchangeable, past all pursuing, / And all neglect. The desert knows no tears."

Mary Carolyn Davies, "The Desert," The Skyline Trail (1924)

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"We are made whole / By books, as by great spaces and the stars."

Mary Carolyn Davies, "Books," The Skyline Trail (1924)

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"I never wanted what I thought I wanted / But always something else / Which changed again as soon as I had found it."

Mary Carolyn Davies, "Autobiography," The Skyline Trail (1924)

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"Women are door-mats and have been; / The years those mats applaud -- / They keep their men from going in / With muddy feet to God."

Mary Carolyn Davies, "Door-Mats," in Ted Malone, ed., The All-American Book of Verse (1948)

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"We've found that fairyland is everywhere -- / You open up a book and, why, you're there!"

Mary Carolyn Davies, in North Dakota Teacher (1937)

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Mary Carolyn Davies, U.S. poet, songwriter, playwright
(1892 - 1941)