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About this Poem 

“Amaze” was published in Verse (The Manas Press, 1915). 

Amaze

I know
Not these my hands
And yet I think there was
A woman like me once had hands
Like these.

This poem is in the public domain. 

This poem is in the public domain. 

Adelaide Crapsey

Adelaide Crapsey

Adelaide Crapsey was born on September 9, 1878, in Brooklyn Heights, New York.  She was the third child of the Reverend Algernon Sidney Crapsey and Adelaide Trowbridge Crapsey. Within the first year after Crapsey was born, her father became rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Parish in Rochester, New York, where the family then moved.

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Written in a Moment of Exasperation

How can you lie so still? All day I watch 
And never a blade of all the green sod moves 
To show where restlessly you toss and turn, 
And fling a desperate arm or draw up knees 
Stiffened and aching from their long disuse; 
I watch all night and not one ghost comes
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If it 
Were lighter touch 
Than petal of flower resting 
On grass, oh still too heavy it were, 
Too heavy! 
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I know 
Not these my hands 
And yet I think there was 
A woman like me once had hands 
Like these.