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GAJO FATHER, by            
First Line: Because he chose to live within
Last Line: Or say what I shall need?

Because he chose to live within
The walls of dear familiar things,
Must I forget the hurricane,
The ecstasy of soaring wings?

Because he never heard its call,
Must I forswear the hunter's horn,
And stop my ears and blind my eyes
To all he has not borne?

Perchance he dreamed the devious ways
Which I pursue so ardently,
But choosing home, his wings were bound,
And he bequeathed his dreams to me!

I am his gypsy-hearted child,
Mixed somehow with a foreign breed;
How can he know the moods I feel,
Or say what I shall need?

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