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Alfred Kreymborg, ed.  Others for 1919.  1920.
The Sewing Bee
By Jeanne d’Orge
  ON a wintry afternoon
  They bring their work
  And settle round the hearth
    A faint half circle of ladylike emotions
  Withered now and near the end        5
  They sit embroidering
  with fine silk of remembrance
  Samples of my past history.
  Their crackling gossip pricks
  like splintered glass.        10
  When I go in they flutter to me
  yearning and coquettish
  I am amused to speak in a bold voice
  Indelicate truths, rich in blood red oaths
  And when they are shocked away        15
  To sprawl alone
    full lengthened and masculine
  filling my pipe with dark strong thoughts
  On the emancipation of woman
flesh or sprite.        20

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