Tuesday, February 2, 2010


"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 ! 

Edwin Markham

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.)


JuliaKoponick said...

I love this poem too. It is great to know a little more about it, and fun that it has an Oregon City connection!

kati said...

Is he aware of this poem? that's really neat!

Dorothy said...

We have the Markham's granddaughter, Marissa, attending YSA Ward and activities. I might have to ask her if she knows about this poem! :)