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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
On the Acequia Madre
By Alice Corbin
From “Red Earth”

DEATH has come to visit us today,
He is such a distinguished visitor
Everyone is overcome by his presence—
“Will you not sit down—take a chair?”
But Death stands in the doorway, waiting to depart;        5
He lingers like a breath in the curtains.
The whole neighborhood comes to do him honor,
Women in black shawls and men in black sombreros
Sitting motionless against white-washed walls;
And the old man with the grey stubby beard        10
To whom death came,
Is stunned into silence.
Death is such a distinguished visitor,
Making even old flesh important.
But who now, I wonder, will take the old horse to pasture?        15

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