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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Sand Dunes
By Janet Norris Bangs
THERE I know blue, blue water,
  And a waving line of land,
With pines that grow in a wind-swept row
  As set by a dreamer’s hand;
And where the winds will, in hollow or hill,        5
  Sand and sand and sand.
Sand as soft as a snowfall—
  Drifting, eddying, whirled—
Sweeping into the valleys,
  Over the grasses swirled,        10
And billowing up to the tree-tops
  That look out on the world.
Sand of romantic patterns
  New for each passer fleet.
Here a flower has lain, there the leaf-like chain        15
  That was marked by a sea-gull’s feet;
And the pebbled trace as of scalloped lace
  Where the waves and the shore-line meet.
Gleaming sands in the morning
  When the little waves run white,        20
While gay wings fan the shining span
  And float a song in flight;
And the lupine blue spreads a heaven new
  Where the stars might rest till night.
But gray, gray sands at evening,        25
  When haunting voices blow
Over twilight-faded water
  From trees of long ago,
Hushed by the drifting silence
  As by eternal snow.        30
O grass, flowers, trees unfruitful,
  Caught while your sun was high,
Buried deep in the sand-dune’s keep,
  Is all of life gone by?
Can a springing bough lift your glory now        35
  And give it back to the sky?

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