Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE PEACOCK FEATHERS, by NATHALIA CRANE

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THE PEACOCK FEATHERS, by            
First Line: I went forth in the morning
Last Line: All of the peacock's tail.
Subject(s): Birds; Feathers; Peacocks

I went forth in the morning,
Down to the ten-cent store,
Found them arranging feathers --
Plumes that the peacock wore.

Found them parading wonders --
Never so great a crime --
Selling the peacock's feathers,
Two for a single dime.

Straight from the stands I drew them,
Even the broken ones,
Cheers from the paper flowers,
Smiles from the pasteboard nuns.

Only five words I uttered --
Thus do the gods prevail --
Walked off with forty feathers,
All of the peacock's tail.

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