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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
To J. L.
By Florence Kiper Frank
 
OFTEN within the house where we have met
You are an aching presence and a pain,
The cruel obsession of a tortured brain
With only you and loss of you beset.
Each room where you have moved is a regret;        5
In every spot some self of you is slain.
And “Oh,” I question, “must he die again,
And die a thousand deaths till I forget!”
 
But when I plunge into the moving street,
Into the vital sunlight and keen air,        10
When face to face and life to life I meet
My living brothers, all the old despair
Falls from me; in the faces that I greet,
And in the quickened heart-throbs, you are there.
 
 
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