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A Barefoot Boy

1A barefoot boy! I mark him at his play --
2    For May is here once more, and so is he, --
3    His dusty trousers, rolled half to the knee,
4And his bare ankles grimy, too, as they:
6    Of feverish stripes, hint vividly to me
7    Of woody pathways winding endlessly
8Along the creek, where even yesterday
9He plunged his shrinking body -- gasped and shook --
10    Yet called the water "warm," with never lack
11Of joy. And so, half enviously I look
12    Upon this graceless barefoot and his track, --
13    His toe stubbed -- ay, his big toe-nail knocked back
14Like unto the clasp of an old pocketbook.


5] nettle: prickly, stinging plant. Back to Line
 What thou lovest well remains,
                  the rest is dross
What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee
What thou lov'st well is thy true heritage
Whose world, or mine or theirs
                or is it of none?
First came the seen, then thus the palpable
    Elysium, though it were in the halls of hell,
What thou lovest well is thy true heritage
What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee
Ezra Pound Pisan Cantos, LXXXI