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“Horses” appeared in Others for 1919: An Anthology of the New Verse (Nicholas L. Brown, 1920). 

Horses

Words are hoops
Through which to leap upon meanings,
Which are horses’ backs,
Bare, moving.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on May 5, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on May 5, 2018, by the Academy of American Poets.

Witter Bynner

Witter Bynner

Witter Bynner was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1881. He graduated from Harvard University in 1902. After college, he worked as a newspaper reporter and, later, as the assistant editor of McClure’s magazine.

Bynner published his first poetry collection, An Ode to Harvard (Small, Maynard, & Co.), in 1907. He was also the author of New Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 1960), Take Away the Darkness (Alfred A. Knopf, 1947), The Beloved Stranger (Alfred A. Knopf, 1919), Tiger (M. Kennerley, 1913), and several other poetry collections.

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At the touch of you,	
As if you were an archer with your swift hand at the bow,	
The arrows of delight shot through my body.	
 
You were spring,	
And I the edge of a cliff,
And a shining waterfall rushed over me. 
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If only you were here, Walt Whitman,
To tell the largeness of this man!
For only you could forget in space his enemies—
You who saw Lincoln stand up before the faces of a city
Alone like this man,
Alone even when friended,
Alone with destiny;
You who saw him facing Manhattan,

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Outside hove Shasta, snowy height on height,
A glory; but a negligible sight,
For you had often seen a mountain-peak