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The Demiurge’s Laugh
by Robert Frost
[from A Boy’s Will (1913)]

It was far in the sameness of the wood;
     I was running with joy on the Demon’s trail,
Though I knew what I hunted was no true god. 
     It was just as the light was beginning to fail
That I suddenly heard—all I needed to hear:
It has lasted me many and many a year.

The sound was behind me instead of before, 
     A sleepy sound, but mocking half,
As of one who utterly couldn’t care. 
     The Demon arose from his wallow to laugh,
Brushing the dirt from his eye as he went;
And well I knew what the Demon meant.

I shall not forget how his laugh rang out. 
     I felt as a fool to have been so caught,
And checked my steps to make pretense 
     It was something among the leaves I sought
(Though doubtful whether he stayed to see).
Thereafter I sat me against a tree.