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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Prisoner at Work in a Turkish Garden
By D. H. Lawrence
 
From “War Films”

Appeal from the garden:
        Over the fountain and the orange-trees
                The evening shadow has sunk,
        Bringing night once more, and the man with the keys
                That shut me up in my bunk.
 
        You forty ladies in the harem bower,        5
                Listen, for I will explain!
        Bitter to me is this evening hour;
                Each evening, bitter again.
 
Response from the Harem:
        Sisters, I am sorry for this foreign man
                Who labors all day in the sun.        10
        Sisters, the search-light’s swinging fan
                In heaven has begun.
 
        Stranger, soft are the tears that fall
                For pity of thee.
        Sisters, the guns are speaking; let all        15
                Sing soothingly.
 
 
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