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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The New Day
By William H. Simpson
 
From “In Hopi-land and Other Lands”

THE SWIFT scouts of dawn ride in,
Their lances flame-tipped.
The waning moon shines whitely,
Like thin drifted snow—
And the cradled winds sleepily rub their eyes.        5
 
An impatient horse whinnies—
A dog barks, at nothing.
Trails of smoke rise from the kitchen chimney.
The air is washed clean; it smells sweet
With odors of new-mown hay.        10
 
A man steps out briskly
From the imprisoned dark of the barn,
Carrying pails brimful of foaming milk.
A woman waits in the doorway;
She is young and comely.        15
Mewing kittens are tangled in her skirts;
They smell the warm milk.
A baby cries softly upstairs.
 
 
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