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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
178. Parasite
 
By Alfred Kreymborg
 
 
GOOD woman:
Don’t love the man.
Love yourself,
As you have done so exquisitely before.
Like that tortoise-shell cat of yours        5
Washing away the flies; or are they fleas?
You’ve hurt him again?
Good!
Do it often.
No—        10
He’ll love you the more—
Always.
Remember how he forgave you the last time,
And how he loved you in the forgiving.
Give him an adventure in godhood        15
And the higher moralities.
Hurt him again.
Fine!
 

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