*Little Rudy

the clouds
hang like heavy curtains
down in the valley
the water roars
foams and froths
fluttering over the cliff

there
a little boy
wished with
serious countenance
hands tightly clasped
he feared

without knowing why
with delicate eye
this little fellow
desired only the
old gun under the rafters
some day.

Poem found in first page of “The Ice Maiden” by Hans Christian Anderson

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