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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Is It Worth While
By Violet Hunt
 
DEAR, were you ever here?
It has all grown so faint—
Just reminders,
Like the squeak of a bat, the chirp of a starling on the rim of the chimney outside,
As I lie in bed of a morning;        5
The cry of a new-born kitten,
Or the crawling of a beetle on a slate,
As I sit out in the warm summer evenings.
 
Yet there are traces
Less intangible….        10
There is the dear little amateur letter-box
You put in yourself for me,
The knots you made for me in the hammock cords,
The marks of your burnt cigarette-ends
That blemish the corners of tables and shelves.        15
 
Well, well!…
One throws away garments, one destroys photographs
That remind one….
Is it worth while to give up a house
Because of such slight aura        20
As these?
 
 
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