So if you love me you will tolerant Be of the nature that is with me sent. I cannot be a different thing although For your sake, to win you, I would grow Wings and shed thorns, Be weed, or newly born, Anything so to please you, But I'm myself and cannot ease you. Come kindly to me
Ruth Herschberger was born in 1917 in Philipse Manor, New York, and grew up in Chicago. She attended the University of Chicago and Black Mountain College. Her poems have appeared in the Kenyon Review, The Nation, Poetry, Partisan Review, and other magazines, as well as in anthologies. She is the author of two books of poems, Nature & Love Poems (Eakins Press, 1969) and A Way of Happening (1948), and Adam's Rib (1948), a book of prose. She received a Hopwood Award for Poetry, the Midland Authors Award for Poetry, the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize, a Rockefeller grant, and a Bollingen grant for translations of Vladimir Mayakovsky. Herschberger died on October 14, 2014.