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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1920.  1920.
 
Gesture
 
Winifred Welles
 
 
MY arms were always quiet,
  Close and never freed,
I was furled like a banner,
  Enfolded like a seed.
 
I thought, when Love shall strike me,        5
  Each arm will start and spring,
Unloosen like a petal,
  And open like a wing.
 
Oh Love—my arms are lifted,
  But not to sway and toss,        10
They strain out wide and wounded
  Like arms upon a cross.

  The North American Review
 

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