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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
Seeking Love
By Benjamin Rosenbaum
From “Songs of Youth”

HE said he knew nothing of love;
And asked the flower to tell him
What it meant.
The flower turned its face upward,
And sunbeams came to kiss it        5
While it held the bee in its embrace.
He shook his head—“I do not understand.”
He called upon the bird for love;
And the bird began to sing so sweetly,
That one could but listen.        10
A mate was soon returning the serenade;
And then, they met and were off together.
His face was perplexed.
The snow, he thought, might know
What love truly was;        15
But his fleecy friends were seeking peace
On earth’s warm breast.
He moved slowly on.
I tried to tell him what he sought:
Two parts of a soul, that were cut        20
By the shears of God,
Unite—this is called love.
He was solemn.
One night he passed away,
And I saw him in a dream.        25
“I am in love with Death,”
He said.
I did not understand.

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