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Cast Shadows - Part I, Chp. 1I had lived thirty-four years on the Belton estate, and I was still young. My people live long and grow up quickly, so we are ideal for a life of labor. By my fifteenth year, my neck was already worn by the collar. By twenty, I was a valuable part of the farm where I labored for the wealthy old man Giorn Belton. I had a mate, a roe younger than myself, though Master Belton had been more reluctant to grant us the privilege than was his custom. My father is dead in all my youngest memories, but I did not lose my mother until I was nearly an adult. My labor was hard, but I was fit and well cared for. Altogether, I felt I did not have such a bad lot, and so I worked and let myself be content, even after the death of my mother. Without her, the stories were silenced, and dreams of escape and triumph were left to smolder somewhere I did not look. I grew older under the leather and chain.
The Belton farm was large and wooded, and we did not live badly. Master Belton owned more than fifty pael
You're Not A PoetYou’re not a poet because of strung words
Together on row upon row again
Of blank verse or perhaps liberal rhyme.
‘Slam’ all you want, other poets wonder;
Your ignorance of couplets a blunder?
Yes! I speak harshly, but it’s no gross crime,
To point with honesty failed verse of thine.
No real poet discards upper case words;
Lets prose crawl on paper like listless worms.
You seek to free verse of those stern letters,
Sever away bleak capital fetters,
But it doesn’t sing of great speech sublime,
Rather, it sneaks of writing in spare time.
Wait! before you throw me in the icy Rhine;
It’s hard to put verse together in rhyme,
To make our dull words sound great all the time,
Hear them ring out loud, like a clear clock’s chime,
Heralding a poet’s summer prime.
Yet the sacred muses weep at your crime;
Your pentameter mangled thick like slime,
The subject not gilded in raiment fine;
Your bold ink font, crystal waters divine
Tastes bitter to the ton
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