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SAGAMORE HILL All things proceed as though the stage were set For
acts arranged. I have not learned the part, The day enacts itself.
I take the tube, Find daylight at Jamaica, know the place Through
some rehearsal, all the country know Which glides along the window,
is not seen For definite memory. At Oyster Bay A taxi stands in
readiness; in a trice We circle strips of water, slopes of hills,
Climb where a granite wall supports a hill, A mass of blossoms,
ripening berries, too, And enter at a gate, go up a drive, Shadowed
by larches, cedars, silver willows. This taxi just ahead is in the
play, Is here in life as I had seen it in The crystal of prevision,
reaches first The porte cochere. This moment from the door Comes
Roosevelt, and greets the man who leaves The taxi just ahead, then
waits for me, Puts a strong hand that softens into mine, And says,
O, this is bully We go in. He leaves my antecessor in a room
Somewhere along the hall, and comes to me Who wait him in the roomy
library. How are those lovely daughters ? Oh, by George I thought I
might forget their names, I know ? It's Madeline and Marcia. Yes,
you know Corinne adores the picture which you sent Of Madeline ?
your boy, too ? In the war That's bully ? tea is coming ? we must
talk, I have five hundred things to ask you ? set The tea things on
this table, Anna ? now, Do you take sugar, lemon ? O, you smoke
I'll give you a cigar. The talk begins. He's dressed in canvas
khaki, flannel shirt, Laced boots for farming, chopping trees,
perhaps; A stocky frame, curtains of skin on cheeks Drained
slightly of their fat; gash in the neck Where pus was emptied
lately; one eye dim, And growing dimmer; almost blind in that. And
when he walks he rolls a...
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