Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, FOR THOSE WHO UNDERSTAND, by LUCIE PEARSALL CAMPBELL

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First Line: You say the suwanee river's but a creek
Last Line: Suwanee flows for those who understand!
Subject(s): Suwanee River

You say the Suwanee River's but a creek --
Mud-filled, a lazy outlet of the slough --
And judge its channel unimportant, now?
You, with surveyor's chains and gauges, seek
To measure length and breadth, as though a streak
Traversing Nature's pathless waste; to plow
Rough-shod through marshes, under brush and bough,
Of misproportioned things you dare to speak?

Ah! Your unseeing eyes can never scale
The heights that give this magic stream its birth,
Nor watch it purl its way through memory's land.
An alien cannot draw aside the veil
And estimate the South's intrinsic worth.
Suwanee flows for those who understand!

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