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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
242. Love Lyric
 
By Max Michelson
 
 
STIR
Shake off sleep.
Your eyes are the soul of clear waters—
Pigeons
In a city street.        5
 
Suns now dead
Have tucked away of their gold for your hair:
My buried mouth still tastes their fires.
 
A tender god built your breasts—
Apples of desire;        10
Their whiteness slakes the throat;
Their form soothes like honey.
 
Wake up!
Or the song-bird in my heart
Will peck open the shell of your dreams.
.    .    .    .    .    .
        15
 
Sleep, my own,
Soaring over rivers of fire.
Sleep, my own,
Wading waters of gold.
 
Joy is in my heart—        20
It flutters around in my soul.
… Softly—
I hear the rosy dream …
 

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