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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Southward
By Baker Brownell
 
From “In Barracks”

FORBIDDEN Mexico
Four hundred yards away—
A drunken, tawny beast—
Slept across the southward path.
“There shall no soldier go,”        5
The order was, “beyond
The murky middle of the stream.”
 
Forbidden Mexico!—
Its drifting slopes
Slid back into sun-hid distance.        10
Its tawny skin, sleek
With clean aridity,
Lay unpunctured by man’s growth.
Four hundred yards away—
A thousand years could sink        15
Into the gap between this river-bank and that.
 
 
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