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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
374. The Son
 
By Ridgely Torrence
 
 
Southern Ohio Market Town
 
 
I HEARD an old farm-wife,
  Selling some barley,
Mingle her life with life
  And the name “Charley.”
 
Saying: “The crop’s all in,        5
  We’re about through now;
Long nights will soon begin,
  We’re just us two now.
 
“Twelve bushel at sixty cents,
  It’s all I carried—        10
He sickened making fence;
  He was to be married—
 
“It feels like frost was near—
  His hair was curly.
The spring was late that year,        15
  But the harvest early.”
 

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