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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Invocation to Death
By Emanuel Carnevali
 
From “Neuriade”

LET me
Close my eyes tight.
Still my arms,
Let me
Be.        5
Then,
Come!
Let me be utterly alone:
Do not let the awful understanding that comes with
The thought of Death        10
Bother me.
Your love was not strong enough to hold me.
 
Death takes things away:
I have them here in my hands,
The rags.        15
 
I do not understand the cosmic humor
That lets foolish impossibilities, like me, live.
 
I have made a mess of it,
But I am no debtor.
 
It’s the yearning of a nervous man,        20
The yearning for peace,
The curiosity for a word:
Forever.
 
If She would only come quietly,
Like a lady—        25
The first lady and the last.
 
Just not to hear any longer
The noise swelling from the morning streets,
Nor the two desperate sparrows chirruping;
Just not to fear any longer        30
The landlady.
 
 
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