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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Pool
By Alice Corbin
 
  DO you remember the dark pool at Nîmes,
The pool that had no bottom?
Shadowed by Druids ere the Romans came—
Dark, still, with little bubbles rising
So quietly level with its rim of stone        5
That one stood shuddering with the breathless fear
Of one short step?
 
  My little sister stood beside the pool
As dark as that of Nîmes.
I saw her white face as she took the plunge;        10
I could not follow her, although I tried.
The silver bubbles circled to the brink,
And then the water parted:
With dream-white face my little sister rose
Dripping from that dark pool, and took the hands        15
Outstretched to meet her.
 
  I may not speak to her of all she’s seen;
She may not speak to me of all she knows
Because her words mean nothing:
She chooses them        20
As one to whom our language is quite strange,
As children make queer words with lettered blocks
Before they know the way.…
 
  My little sister stood beside the pool—
I could not plunge in with her, though I tried.        25
 
 
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