Poetry of Kansas

A Ballad Of Good Company

'Tis true I love good company
    And there is nothing that I prize
At times more highly than to be
    With them, the witty and the wise.
Nor grave high-brows would I despise,
    If so my humor chanced to be;
Yet sometimes something in me cries:
    "I am my own best company!"
I love good company; yea, all___
    The poet, sage, philosopher,
Each in his turn hath held me thrall
    And I asked nothing goodlier.
And yet a soul-rebellious stir
    Sometimes will rise and master me.
Far from them all, would that I were!
    I am my own best company!
I love good company; I yield
    Myself completely to my books.
Often I wander far a-field
    With them, ___ cloth-bound or rich de luxe
And yet betimes my spirit brooks
    No charm of prose or poesy.
I turn and flee their very looks:
    I am my own best company.
My best beloveds, blame me not,
    When from your presences I flee
To some near, dear, secluded spot:
    I am my own best company!

The Call of Kansas and Other Poems
Esther M. (Clark) Hill
(Cedar Rapids: Torch Press. __)
Page 22

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