Pauline Johnson Poetry

Measures of oil for others
Oil and red wine

Lips laugh and drink but never
are the lips mine

worlds at the feet of others
power gods have know

Hearts for the favored round me
mine beats alone

fame offering to others
chaplets of bays

I with no crown of laurels
only grey days

sweet human love for others
deep as the sea

God sent unto my neighbor
But not to me

Sometime I will wrest from others
more than all this

I shall demand from heaven
Far sweeter bliss

What profit then to others
laughter and wine

I'll have what most they covet death
will be mine

Pauline Johnson

Mery Ban Jao

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