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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
A Confidence
By William Carlos Williams
From “Root Buds”

  TODAY, dear friend, this gray day,
I have been explaining to a young man of the West Indies
How the leaves all fall from the little branches
And lie soon in crowds along the bare ground;
  How they lie        5
On all sides so thick that no man
May pass any way without touching them,
Or hearing at his feet a great crying-out!
  But in no way at all could I have told him
This that I tell you so easily:        10
How having become wise as a flame with watching
Above the year since that time he lifted
  His young face
For a moment—that time of the first passing—
They lie exultant, pressing his foot-prints,        15
Melting away because of their passion!

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