by Stephen Crane

I saw a man pursuing the horizon;
Round and round they sped.
I was disturbed at this;
I accosted the man.
“It is futile,” I said,
“You can never –”

“You lie,” he cried,
And ran on.

Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane is perhaps best-known for his novelThe Red Badge of Courage, about the American Civil War, but he also wrote several collections of poetry. The youngest of fourteen children, he was born in New Jersey in 1871 and died at the young age of 28 in 1900. You can read a more substantial biography here.

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