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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
332. Scherzo
 
By Clara Shanafelt
 
 
THE ELDER’S bridal in July,
Bright as a cloud!
A ripe blonde girl,
Billowing to the ground in foamy petticoats,
With breasts full-blown        5
Swelling her bodice.
 
But later
When the small black-ruddy berries
Tempt the birds to strip the stems,
And the leaves begin to yellow and fall off        10
While late summer’s still in its green,
Then you look lank and used up,
Elder;
Your big bones stick out,
You’re the kind of woman        15
Wears bleak at forty.
 
I’ll take my constant pleasure
In a willow-tree that ripples silver
All the summer.
And when the winter comes in greasy rags        20
Like a half-naked beggar,
Lets out the plaited splendor
Of her bright and glancing hair.
 

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