Verse > Anthologies > Harriet Monroe, ed. > Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, 1912–22
Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Spree
By Katherine Wisner McCluskey
From “Summer Phases”

IN the uplift of spring
Earth had high thoughts in trees;
Smiling her apple-blossoms,
Blushing her peach-petals,
Delicate as a sprite.        5
Now she sprawls,
Making loose gestures with spreading vines;
Guffawing vegetables and fruits—
Harlequin melons, Punchinello squashes—
Hiccoughing cucumbers, stuttering tomatoes.        10
She is mad-drunk with summer.
Soon she’ll lie still,
Decently covered with the leaf-brown quilt.
She’ll give loud, gusty yawns, then sleep,
Jeered at by rains, pitied by snow;        15
And wake to chastened, stiff sobriety.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2015 · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors · World Lit.