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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
By Robert J. Roe
From “A Sailor's Note-book”

I HAVE heard many men in many tongues
Hollering for something they wantit.
Un I have heard the typhoon
Quarrelling with his brother the sea
On the lee beaches.        5
“This is mine island,” says Typhoon.
“Is mine,” says the sea.
“I bring birds what makes trees.”
“I pile sand for to make beaches.”
“Is mine what for I love it.”        10
“Is mine what for I marry it.”
Typhoon takeit island by trees.
Sea grab at the beaches.
Un when they is through—
Palms piled like jack-straws,        15
Beaches pulled to pieces.

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