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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Strange Load
By Marx G. Sabel
From “Annotations”

THINGS have come to a fine pass!
Just now,
As I sat teasing shy thoughts,
A strange load lifted
Of its own volition!        5
Maybe I should make a moan,
Or gurgle in my throat a bit,
On losing suddenly
And for no apparent reason
The strange load—        10
The little weight of chosen sorrowings,
The small warm woes of love.
Little lady whom my heart has nurtured,
The pressure of your petulance
Has passed;        15
Your eyes’ chatoyancy
In the deep dark night of my heart’s heart
Has faded,
And the phosphorescent glimmers of your body
In the center of my mind        20
Have faded.
Faded … lifted … faded …
Entirely done away with.
Shall I miss the strange load lifted,
Having carried it so far,        25
So long, with such great care?
Now I arise from a cramped posture,
Now I slowly swing my shoulders back
And take a deep breath!
Now I shatter heights of thin air,        30
Stretching forth rejuvenescent fingers!
Yes … surely …
Things have come to a fine pass,
A fine pass, indeed.

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