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"[My Desire is round]" first appeared in Poem Outlines (Scribner's Sons, 1908).

[My Desire is round]

My Desire is round,
It is a great globe.
If my desire were no bigger than this world
It were no bigger than a pin’s head.
But this world is to the world I want
As a cinder to Sirius.

This poem is in the public domain.

This poem is in the public domain.

Sidney Lanier

Sidney Lanier

Sidney Lanier was born in Macon, Georgia, in 1842.

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     I am but a small-winged bird:
But I will conquer the big world
     As the bee-martin beats the crow,
By attacking it always from Above.
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The feverish heaven with a stitch in the side,
     Of lightning.
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Glooms of the live-oaks, beautiful-braided and woven 
With intricate shades of the vines that myriad-cloven 
  Clamber the forks of the multiform boughs,-- 
                        Emerald twilights,-- 
                        Virginal shy lights, 
Wrought of the leaves to allure to the whisper of vows, 
When