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  • The Bloodless Sportsman

    From The Sun, June 28, 1914. By Henry Kelman.

    I go a-gunning, but take no gun;
        I fish without a pole;
    And I bag good game and catch such fish
        As suit a sportsman’s soul.

    For the choicest game that the forest holds,
        And the best fish of the brook
    Are never brought down by a rifle shot,
        And are never caught with a hook.

    I bob for fish by the forest brook,
        I hunt for game in the trees.
    For bigger birds than wing the air
        Or fish than swim the seas.

    A rodless Walton of the brooks,
        A bloodless sportsman I—
    I hunt for the thoughts that throng the woods,
        The dreams that haunt the sky.

    The woods were made for the hunters of dreams,
        The brooks for the fishers of song;
    To the hunters who hunt for the gunless game
        The streams and the woods belong.

    There are thoughts that moan from the soul of the pine,
        And thoughts in a flower bell curled;
    And the thoughts that are blown with the scent of the fern
        Are as new and as old as the world.