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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
Three Songs for Sewing
By Hazel Hall
From “Repetitions”

A FIBRE of rain on a window-pane
  Talked to a stitching thread:
In the heaviest weather I hold together
    The weight of a cloud!
To the fibre of rain on a window-pane        5
  The talkative stitches said:
I hold together with the weight of a feather
    The heaviest shroud!
My needle says: Don’t be young,
  Holding visions in your eyes,        10
Tasting laughter on your tongue!—
  Be very old and very wise,
And sew a good seam up and down
In white cloth, red cloth, blue and brown.
My needle says: What is youth        15
  But eyes drunken with the sun,
Seeing farther than the truth;
  Lips that call, hands that shun
The many seams they have to do
In white cloth, red cloth, brown and blue!        20
One by one, one by one,
Stitches of the hours run
  Through the fine seams of the day;
Till like a garment it is done
  And laid away.        25
One by one the days go by,
And suns climb up and down the sky;
  One by one their seams are run—
As Time’s untiring fingers ply
  And life is done.        30

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