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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
By Edwin Ford Piper
GOOD-BYE to riding the wilderness
  With my thoughts for company;
To the old new bed on the prairie grass,
  A saddle to pillow me!
I will build me a house in the April sun        5
  On my little garden ground.
My hand shall shape the rafter and beam,
  My hammer stroke shall sound.
For a house is a house, and home is home—
  The roots of the soul go deep;        10
And I own the boards and the rusting nails
  As I own my tears and my sleep.
Good-bye to riding the wilderness!—
  I build in the April sun.
Good-bye to the land of the lonely sky—        15
  My homeless days are done.

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