“Knowledge,” from The Shoes that Danced, and Other Poems, by Anna Hempstead Branch

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Knowledge

Once I thought that healing came
From the angels wings.

Now the bruised hands of men
Seem the kindest things.

Once I thought to pluck and eat

The fruit of Paradise.
Now I break with these their bread

With unsaddened eyes.

Once I thought to find on earth
Love, perfect and complete.

Now I know it carries wounds
In its hands and feet.

from The Shoes that Danced, and Other Poems, by Anna Hempstead Branch
Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1905

Available on the Internet Archive: Link

This is one in a series of neglected poems taken from the Internet Archive.