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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Corn-field
By Charles R. Murphy
FIVE stacks of fodder are waiting in my corn-field,
The last for my barn. I shall watch in the weak sunlight
A little while, though warmth is in the houses
Unneeded till now, and the drift of the chill of autumn
Is falling swiftly to cover my field with silence.        5
Soon its unkempt bareness shall be uncovered
Completely and its pebbly ground shall tighten
In the first frost; and no man be there to witness
Its lonely withered stubble, and at its sky-line
Smoke of gray sky and delicate twigs of bushes.        10
I have gathered, yet await a subtler harvest
As others have waited through long years of labor
In other fields—to find not, though the corn’s returning
Be sure as the quiet and sting of coming winter.
I have gathered, and for my finer harvest        15
Now are waiting but these five stacks of fodder,
And my love out-given at last to my lonely corn-field,
And the planting of love for a distant other reaping,
Where perhaps my yield shall be garnered with the corn.

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