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Poem by Hamlin Garland

On the Mississippi

THROUGH wild and tangled forests
  The broad, unhasting river flows--
  Spotted with rain-drops, gray with night;
    Upon its curving breast there goes 
A lonely steamboat's larboard light,
    A blood-red star against the shadowy oaks; 
Noiseless as a ghost, through greenish gleam
Of fire-flies, before the boat's wild scream--
      A heron flaps away 
      Like silence taking flight. 

Hamlin Garland

Hamlin Garland's other poems:
  1. The Ute Lover
  2. The Toil of the Trail
  3. In August
  4. The Meadow Lark
  5. A Tribute of Grasses

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