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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
Decoration for Valor
By Hortense Flexner
THIS boy, who stands so straight
While the General pins the medal on his coat,
May be thinking of a frame house
On Kelley Avenue in South Bend,
Or of the misery of having everyone look at him        5
While the trumpets blare.
But if I should ask him if he remembered
Curtius of Rome,
Or Childe Roland,
Or the Stainless Knight,        10
He would shake his head awkwardly
And say,
“No ma’am.”

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