On Her Fifth Birthday
by Edwin Arlington Robinson
You Eyes, you large and all-enquiring Eyes,
That look so dubiously into me,
And are not satisfied with what you see,
Tell me the worst and let us have no lies:
Tell me the meaning of your scrutinies.
And of myself. Am I a Mystery?
Am I a Boojum—or just Company?
What do you say? What do you think, You Eyes?
You say not; but you think, beyond a doubt;
And you have the whole world to think about,
With very little time for little things.
So let it be; and let all be fair—
For you, and for the rest who cannot share
Your gold of unrevealed awakenings.
Note: A recitation can be heard here.