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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Le Médecin Malgré Lui
By William Carlos Williams
 
OH I suppose I should
Wash the walls of my office,
Polish the rust from
My instruments and keep them
Definitely in order;        5
Build shelves in
The little laboratory;
Empty out the old stains,
Clean the bottles
And refill them; buy        10
Another lens; put
My journals on edge instead of
Letting them lie flat
In heaps—then begin
Ten years back and        15
Gradually
Read them to date,
Cataloguing important
Articles for ready reference.
I suppose I should        20
Read the new books.
If to this I added
A bill at the tailor’s
And the cleaner’s
And grew a decent beard        25
And cultivated a look
Of importance—
Who can tell? I might be
A credit to my Lady Happiness
And never think anything        30
But a white thought!
 
 
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