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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
Adelaide Crapsey
By Carl Sandburg
From “My People”

AMONG the bumble-bees in red-top hay, a freckled field of brown-eyed Susans dripping yellow leaves in July,
                I read your heart in a book.
And your mouth of blue pansy—I know somewhere I have seen it rain-shattered.
And I have seen a woman with her head flung between her naked knees, and her head held there listening to the sea, the great naked sea shouldering a load of salt.
And the blue pansy mouth sang to the sea:        5
                Mother of God, I’m so little a thing,
                Let me sing longer,
                Only a little longer.
And the sea shouldered its salt in long gray combers hauling new shapes on the beach sand.

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