“Old Eben Flood, climbing alone one night
Over the hill between the town below
And the forsaken upland hermitage
That held as much as he should ever know
On earth again of home, paused warily.”
Edward Arlington Robinson, “Mr. Flood’s Party”
Sympathetic and poignant, a portrayal of age and isolation as well as the strength of memories. Robinson’s poems are small elegantly carved portraits that seem to capture the huge experience of each little life.