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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
To a Phrase
By Hazel Hall
 
I HAVE been combing the sands of my thought for you—
You
Who left me the trace of your fragrance
In lieu of yourself,
A pungency as of sandalwood,        5
Or things lain long in lavender,
Very faint,
But of a stabbing sweetness.
Now that I have found you,
Your delicate coloring,        10
Which once delighted me,
Has faded in the wash of many tides.
Yet you can still
Sting the tears to my eyes,
Little Phrase-someone-said-to-me-long-ago,        15
Who might have meant so much
But who meant so little.
 
But I think—
I have untangled you from the seaweed of forgotten things,
I think I shall toss you back into the sea!        20
 
 
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