What would you have me do?
Seek for the patronage of some great man,
And like a creeping vine on a tall tree
Jose Ferrer's stirring speeches in the 1950 film came from Brian Hooker's translation of "Cyrano de Bergerac."
Crawl upward, where I cannot stand alone?
No thank you! Dedicate, as others do,
Poems to pawnbrokers? Be a buffoon
In the vile hope of teasing out a smile
On some cold face? No thank you! Eat a toad
For breakfast every morning? Make my knees
Callous, and cultivate a supple spine, --
Wear out my belly grovelling in the dust?
No thank you! . . . Shall I labor night and day
To build a reputation on one song,
And never write another? Shall I find