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Poem by Ellis Parker Butler


The Golf Walk


Behold, my child, this touching scene,
The golfer on the golfing-green;
Pray mark his legsТ uncanny swing,
The golf-walk is a gruesome thing!

See how his arms and shoulders ride
Above his legs in haughty pride,
While over bunker, hill and lawn
His feet, relentless, drag him on.

And does the man walk always so?
Nay! nay I my child, and eke, oh! no!
It is a gait he only knows
When he has on his golfing clothes.

Blame not the man for that strange stride
He could not help it if he tried;
It is his timid feet that try
From his obstreperous clothes to fly.



Ellis Parker Butler


Ellis Parker Butler's other poems:
  1. New England Magazine
  2. The Ballade of the Automobile
  3. The Charge of the Second Iowa Cavalry
  4. The Rich BoyТs Christmas
  5. Why I Went to the Foot


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