How Annandale Went Out by Edwin Arlington Robinson
â€œThey called it Annandaleâ€”and I was there
To flourish, to find words, and to attend:
Liar, physician, hypocrite, and friend,
I watched him; and the sight was not so fair
As one or two that I have seen elsewhere:
An apparatus not for me to mendâ€”
A wreck, with hell between him and the end,
Remained of Annandale; and I was there.
â€œI knew the ruin as I knew the man;
So put the two together, if you can,
Remembering the worst you know of me.
Now view yourself as I was, on the spotâ€”
With a slight kind of engine. Do you see?
Like this â€¦ You wouldnâ€™t hang me? I thought not.â€