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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Monody to the Sound of Zithers
By Kay Boyle
 
I HAVE wanted other things more than lovers …
I have desired peace, intimately to know
The secret curves of deep-bosomed contentment,
To learn by heart things beautiful and slow.
 
Cities at night, and cloudful skies, I’ve wanted;        5
And open cottage doors, old colors and smells a part;
All dim things, layers of river-mist on river—
To capture Beauty’s hands and lay them on my heart.
 
I have wanted clean rain to kiss my eyelids,
Sea-spray and silver foam to kiss my mouth.        10
I have wanted strong winds to flay me with passion;
And, to soothe me, tired winds from the south.
 
These things have I wanted more than lovers …
Jewels in my hands, and dew on morning grass—
Familiar things, while lovers have been strangers.        15
Friended thus, I have let nothing pass.
 
 
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