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

I
YOUR family has moulded you.
 
Marks of their tools and fingers
Show about your torse and face.
 
Your cheeks near the mouth
Are half-frozen.        5
 
Your soul flutters
Faintly.
 
II
Your flesh slopes like rose-petals.
Like rose-petals
It holds and drinks in the light.        10
 
Your humid lips
Remember the mother’s milk.
 
Yet there flutters about you a flame—
Maturing you, withering you.
 
III
In the cafeteria the girl moved briskly
        15
In her imitation silk, sashed, hang-how-it-will dress;
Yet knocked constantly against the customs—
In taking her water, her sugar, her catsup.
 
In the street too she walked briskly,
The old purse dangling and the old hat moving firmly;        20
Of a sudden she stopped, looked about, listened—
Struck by the city—shot—like a flying bird.
 
Then she took herself in hand and went on.
 
 
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