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CHILD-PLAY, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: As children play with toys
Last Line: Realities that choke them here.
Subject(s): Children; Dreams; Tears; Toys; Childhood; Nightmares

AS children play with toys,
So men with hopes and fancies:
The little ones with romp and noise
Build card-frail, gold romances;
Their elders through the perilous years
Build dreams -- and wake to toil and tears.

But, old or young the same,
The glittering baubles please them;
And be it fame or game,
These make-believes release them
From iron circumstance, from drear
Realities that choke them here.

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