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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
No Good Thing
By Marx G. Sabel
 
From “Annotations”

IT is no good thing
Even on a dark night
To clutch a memory for guidance.
I know, because I have tried it
Confidently.        5
I walked on in the dark night
Remembering.
I walked on and on,
Yet no star shone,
And there was no light nor even any ghost of light        10
Ever
To guide me.
 
I shall walk on in the dark night
Forgetting.
I shall clutch no memory for guidance.        15
I shall walk on and on,
Accepting the darkness
Proudfully, fearlessly, without hope.
For it is no good thing
Even on a dark night        20
To clutch a memory for guidance.
 
 
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