"He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic , rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle and took him In !
Ha ha! Lately in my life, I am trying to outwit a few people via love, too.
(I have loved this poem for years. I first read it in a book of poetry that my grandfather gave to me when I graduated from high school. I just this morning discovered that it's by Edwin Markham, who was an Oregon City poet from the late 1800s. We read things by him in my Oregon Lit class. For those of my blog readers from around here, it's also interesting that Edwin Markham is related to Wayne Markham, a longtime church member here in Oregon City.)