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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Thought of Women
By Charles deGuire Christoph
 
From “Reflections”

WHAT is there that mocks me in a woman’s eyes?
There is a taste of disdain even in my mistress’s kiss.
And I have told them I am very wise.
 
What is the melodrama I’m the victim of?
I fear I’m a songbird for a show of marionettes:        5
So says the playman, a tender little dove.
 
If their skirts swish like clarinets
And their breasts are silken tambourines,
Then I’ve a little opera, but it’s not enough.
Why holds that merriment in the pipes of love?        10
 
What’s in a woman’s head, what under her hermiton?
Not a sigh, not a wound will the cure be,
But laughing, the wind laughing
Over the torn trees as the elder satyrs
Run drunken before it and the maenads        15
Hide in the old caves.
 
 
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