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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Hands
By Marion Strobel
 
From “Perennials”

HANDS on the keys I saw—only hands;
And yet her whole life passed before me there,
Passed as she played the lilting, joyous waltz.
Hands—hypocrites—that belied the happy notes they struck;
Tapering fingers of nerves, weighted with glittering ware;        5
Tired hands, where veins throbbed in the hope they might keep still;
Beautiful, yet too white, wavering wearily on,
Playing the song of life when the dirge of death had begun.
 
 
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