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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Cythaera and the Leaves
By Marjorie Allen Seiffert
 
Ancient, terrible tree,
You drink the light of leaves
And shed the leaves relentlessly.
 
My heart is April-green,
And its belief        5
Is in sunlight, not in trees
Or secret roots it has not seen.
My heart is light as a leaf—
Let it go dancing down the breeze!
 
Withered and beaten, sodden, drowned,        10
It shall see faithful leaves turn red and gold,
And cling, and hold;
Until despite their gold and red
They flutter to the ground.
 
Shall leaves remember flying        15
When they are dead?
 
 
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