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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
In the Louvre
By Harriet Monroe
 
From “Poems of Travel”

QUEEN KAROMANA, slim you stand,
    In bronze with little flecks of gold—
          Queen Karomana.
O royal lady, lift your hand,
    Shatter the stone museum cold,        5
          Queen Karomana.
 
The wide Nile sleeps, the desert stings
    With color. Shake your tresses free,
          Queen Karomana!
The sleepy lotus shines and swings—        10
    Loose your bound limbs and sail with me
    In a smooth shallop to the sea,
          Queen Karomana!
 
Queen Karomana, still so mute,
    So delicate, yet cold as snow,        15
          Queen Karomana!
An ice-wind, boldly resolute,
    Rippled your thin robe long ago,
    And froze you into bronze—I know—
But left your garment’s flecks of gold        20
And the slim grace men loved of old,
          Queen Karomana.
 
 
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