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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Color
By Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
 
  A BLUE-BLACK Nubian plucking oranges
At Jaffa by a sea of malachite,
In red tarboosh, green sash, and flowing white
Burnous—among shadowy memories
That haunt me yet by these bleak northern seas        5
He lives forever in my eyes’ delight;
Bizarre, superb in young immortal might,
A god of old barbaric mysteries.
 
  Maybe he lived a life of lies and lust,
Maybe his bones are now but scattered dust;        10
Yet for a moment he was life supreme
Exultant and unchallenged; and my rhyme
Would set him safely out of reach of time
In that old heaven where things are what they seem.
 
 
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