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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Oak
By Harriet Monroe
 
From “Carolina Wood-cuts”

THE OLD oak lets fall its crimson leaves—
Tiny fuzzy leaves,
Drooping, shivering,
Tender as a babe new-born.
The hard old oak,        5
Brother of the wind,
Friend of storms,
Shakes out young leaves like a thin pale veil
Of rose and mauve,
That shades the sun for him,        10
And fluttering, flickering,
Softens the breeze.
Is it a new, new world,
That rosy baby leaves—
So tender!—        15
Should droop from the brown old oak?
A new, new world?
 
 
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