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Poem by Dora Sigerson Shorter


What is the secret of your life, browsing ox,
Ox the sweet grass eating?
Who strung the mighty sinews in your flesh?
Who set that great heart beating?

What is the secret of your death, soulless ox,
Ox so patiently waiting?
Why hath pain wove her net for your brains anguish
If for you Death will gain no lifes creating?

Dora Sigerson Shorter

Dora Sigerson Shorter's other poems:
  1. The Fairy Changeling
  2. The Blow Returned
  3. The Kine of My Father
  4. The Scallop Shell
  5. The Skeleton in the Cupboard

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  • Edgar Guest Questions ("Would you sell your boy for a stack of gold?")

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