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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
A Helen
By Max Michelson
 
From “Masks”

        Do birds sing for their mates?
  
My song was for one airy and shining,
Lighter than a butterfly’s wings.
On the way, she would half-turn and listen.
She fluttered solemn, occupied, yet I never knew her airy business.
Now that I sing of an earthly woman,
She listens wondering.


YOU looked tired,
For you came from far,
Perhaps from Greece.
 
You may have been walking for ages.
 
You stepped slowly,        5
As though you carried
Some precious wine.
 
You stayed a moment …
Then vanished,
Wondering,        10
As if you were some one else.
 
 
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