My dear Mr. Davis:—

I have just been thinking, since receiving yours of the 6th, how fortunate it is to have a man, whom one has never seen, trying to discover one! I have conceived such a feeling of gratitude toward you that is my intention to keep hammering away at you, that you may be the man who finds me, if I ever find myself.

Sometimes, this every day endeavoring to force a trumpet— cry out of the throat of a gnat seems humorous to me. I have long walks in which I laugh at myself— then I come back and go at it again.

Today I had a walk, and the result of it is recorded here:

I'm a roaming in the tall, tall woods;
I'm a yelling for to be found out:
I'm willing to deliver an assorted lot of goods
To the fellow that'll hear my shout.
I'm a ranting, nervous cuss, and I want to make a fuss,
I can soar as high as buzzard ever hovered:
It's my petted superstition I'm a genius with a mission -
And I want to, want to, want to be discovered!
I'm game to do the real right thing!
W'y, I'm even game to be damn good!
(If it's really very very absolutely necessary;
Or at least I'd be as careful as I could.)
I'm drunken with a hot mixed dream!
Here's a pile of chips on me — let's see it covered!
Do I think I'll reach the wire in a walk? Well I should scream!
So I want to, want to, want to be discovered.
I'm a virgin country aching for a plow;
I'm a howling coast anhungered for a sail:
I wish the Afterwhile would condescend to be the Now!
-Mr. Christopher Columbus, hit the trail!
Sometime I'll split the spaces with a yell
That'll sound as high as buzzard ever hovered:
And if I fail to do it, I will bow and go to — well,
I want to, want to, want to be discovered!

All of which proves that all the good poems were not written by Alfred Austin. You will notice with what consummate mastery I have used repetition in the final lines of each stanza, producing a sort of battering ram effect, and fairly beating it into the head of the awed reader that I really do wish to be found out. I confess that the morals of the thing are a little askew, but at least they are as good as Baudelaire's, and the whole thing is a great deal more intelligible than the Frenchman's output. I have therefore proven that the thing is, on the whole, as good as some things in French and English.

But, candidly, Mr. Davis, I rather think I can do something in the line of the dramatic poem! Have been trying it. Do you think I am wasting my time? I practiced verse long before I ever thought of prose; began it when I was twelve years old. I have quite a good deal of stuff, begun in the past three years, that I think has something in it — maybe not.

Thanking you for your interest in me, I am,

Very sincerely yours,

Jno. G. Neihardt