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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
Portrait of a Lady
By Marjorie Allen Seiffert
From “Gallery of Paintings”

GOOD morning, madam, in your sleepy brown hair—
Twist yourself awake, blink and stare!
I am lying on the floor,
With the old rose-red
Dressing-gown you wore        5
When you went to bed.
Don’t look stupid with your drowsy blue eyes—
Here by the bed is your disguise!
You’re a gentle wife
And a tender mother,        10
And all your life
You shall be no other.
Life is a shawl to wrap about your shoulder—
Every day warmer, every day older.
In half an hour        15
You’ll be dressed,
Youth like a flower
Wilting on your breast.

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