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

WILL you not stay away?—and let me be
Alone with you? Or must you always throw
The present with its infidelity
In front of my too weary eyes, and so
Smear with facts the frail pastel that I        5
Have made of all our past, in which I live
With you again, again the world defy
And all the cynics who could not forgive
A happiness they could not understand?
O love, a bridge stencilled with lies I cross        10
To yesterday; I find our promised land
Again, and you. I do not feel a loss:
If you but stay away, my You will be
Clearer than any actuality.
How can I offer you the dull, frayed song
Of love I know? Each word would stumble on
A memory; and I should see a long
Blurred line of faces grimacing upon
A musty curtain of the past…. Ah, no….
Let me be silent…. Words would only sound        20
A monotone: a toxic, cloying flow
Of echoes would sift through, and eddy round
My voice, and all the rapture that I feel
Would turn into a harlequin and steal
Away beneath the vivid, measured hum        25
Of mockery. Ah, dearest, may there come
An ecstasy of stillness in each day,
That you may sense the thoughts I dare not say!

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