Al Que Quiere!/Hero

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Al Que Quiere!  (1917) 
William Carlos Williams
Hero
Boston: The Four Seas Company pages 31-32

 
Fool,
put your adventures
into those things
which break ships—
not female flesh.

Let there pass
over the mind
the waters of

four oceans, the airs
of four skies!

Return hollow-bellied,
keen-eyed, hard!
A simple scar or two.

Little girls will come
bringing you
roses for your button-hole.