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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Because Some Lover
By John Rodker
 
  BECAUSE some lover in some darkened place
Leaned brooding towards the face of his dear,
Till after a long silence her white face
Would droop towards him, and lip to lip
Half touching, fearful lest their senses slip        5
Bonds and whelm them in a clear
White flood of passion, they remain
Lips touching, yet apart, a fierce strain
On interlocking fingers—
 
  Some poet wrote it down,        10
And that old story lingers,
Your only crown,
Lancelot, Abelard, Paolo and Pelléas:
To too many women have you brought undoing.
 
  Too many women have been read        15
The stories of your fates,
And always when was said:
“… leaned brooding towards the face of his dear
Till after a long silence her white face
Would droop towards him, and lip to lip        20
Half touching … fearful lest their senses slip
Bonds and whelm them in a clear
White flood of passion they remain
Lips touching, yet apart … fierce strain
On interlocking fingers….”        25
Then leaning towards each other
On limb and separate feature the glance strays and lingers,
And, drooping each to other,
Half kiss, half droop apart
Under intolerable strain.        30
 
  Too many lovers have you brought undoing:
Sick heart
And great pain.
You, Lancelot and Guinevere,
Paolo and Francesca;        35
You, Abelard, Heloise,
Pelléas and girl Mélisande,
And that first lover in some darkened place
Drooping to a white face.
 
 
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