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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Wind Sleepers
By H. D.
 
WHITER
than the crust
left by the tide,
we are stung by the hurled sand
and the broken shells.        5
 
We no longer sleep,
sleep in the wind.
We awoke and fled
through the Peiraeic gate.
 
Tear—        10
tear us an altar.
Tug at the cliff-boulders,
pile them with the rough stones.
We no longer
sleep in the wind.        15
Propitiate us.
 
Chant in a wail
that never halts.
Pace a circle and pay tribute
with a song.        20
 
When the roar of a dropped wave
breaks into it,
pour meted words
of sea-hawks and gulls
and sea-birds that cry        25
discords.
 
 
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