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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Before My Fire in a French Village
By Morris Bishop
 
From “With the A. E. F.”

WORDS and faces and jests and dreams all come to me again
When I give my memory leave to play; but what I see most plain
Is the little towns that loll in the sun and shiver and crouch in the rain.
 
The towns of my youth come crowding and tumbling, they will not wait for my thought:
Varna, Slaterville, Danby, Ransome, Mesnil Butte, La Motte—        5
The towns where I went searching and troubled, not knowing what I sought.
 
The towns that I saw with a young man’s eyes: Grafton, Half-moon Bay,
Canutillo, Whitewater, Bolton, Bolinas, Monterey.
The sun was bright upon those towns the day I went away.
 
Now I have found a kind of peace, and long hours to beguile        10
With thinking of the roads I’ve trod for many a dusty mile,
And the little wayside towns where I have rested for a while.
 
 
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