I Used to Think

Original Text: 
The Poems of Trumbull Stickney, ed. George Cabot Lodge, William Vaughn Moody, and John Ellerton Lodge (Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1905): 309 (no. I of XVII -- "Dramatic Fragments" -- among all the "Fragments"). PS 3537 T525 1905 Robarts Library.
1I used to think
2The mind essential in the body, even
3As stood the body essential in the mind:
4Two inseparable things, by nature equal
5And similar, and in creation's song
6Halving the total scale: it is not so.
7Unlike and cross like driftwood sticks they come
8Churned in the giddy trough: a chunk of pine,
9A slab of rosewood: mangled each on each
10With knocks and friction, or in deadly pain
11Sheathing each other's splinters: till at last
12Without all stuff or shape they 're jetted up
13Where in the bluish moisture rot whate'er
14Was vomited in horror from the sea.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.