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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
50. The Red Bridge
 
By Skipwith Cannéll
 
 
THE ARCHES of the red bridge
Are stronger than ever:
The arches of the scarlet bridge
Are of rough, bleak stone.
 
(Why should such massive arches be the span        5
    From cloud to tenuous cloud?)
 
Let us not seek omens in the guts
    Of newly slain fowls;
Leaving such play to the children,
Let us pluck wild swans        10
    From under the moon;
Or, challenging strong, terrible men,
    Let us slay them and seek truth
        In their smoking entrails.
 
Let us fling runners        15
    Across the red bridge,
Deep-lunged runners who will return to us
With tidings of the far countries
And the strange seas!
 
There be many terrible men        20
Going out upon the bridge,
Through the little door
    That is by the steps from the river.
 

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