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“Credo” was published in Mushrooms: A Book of Free Forms (John Marshall Company, 1916).

Credo

I sing the will to love:
the will that carves the will to live,
the will that saps the will to hurt,
the will that kills the will to die;
the will that made and keeps you warm,
the will that points your eyes ahead,
the will that makes you give, not get,
a give and get that tell us what you are:
how much a god, how much a human.
I call on you to live the will to love.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on May 6, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on May 6, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

Alfred Kreymborg

Alfred Kreymborg

Alfred Kreymborg was born on December 10, 1883, in New York City.

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It is best now
to give suffering its way with me,
like a sea with a stone,
and let the spray which is others' joy—
the spray dancing on those
I bumped against
while bounding and tumbling and rolling here—
give me content.

Suffering
carves smoothness
which cannot

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Wind:
Why do you play
that long beautiful adagio,
that archaic air,
to-night
Will it never end?
Or is it the beginning,
some prelude you seek?

Is it a tale you strum?
Yesterday, yesterday—
Have you no more for us?

Wind:
Play on.
There is

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The snow,
ah yes, ah yes indeed,
is white and beautiful, white and beautiful,
verily beautiful –
from my window.
The sea,
ah yes, ah yes indeed,
is green and alluring, green and alluring,
verily alluring –
from the shore.
Love, ah yes, ah yes, ah yes indeed,