To W. R. B.
And so, to you, who always were
Perseus, D’Artagnan, Lancelot
To me, I give these weedy rhymes
In memory of earlier times.
Now all those careless days are not.
Of all my heroes, you endure.
Words are such silly things! too rough,
Too smooth, they boil up or congeal,
And neither of us likes emotion —
But I can’t measure my devotion!
And you know how I really feel —
And we’re together. There, enough
Stephen Vincent Benet
Born: 22 July 1898, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 13 March 1943, New York, USA
Benet was a poet, short story writer, and novelist best known for his book-length poem of the American Civil War, “John Brown’s Body” (1928) for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry