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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
In the Middle West
By Mary Carolyn Davies
 
From “Wanderings”
(Suggested by an editorial of H. M.)

THIS land is a great sea;
Out of it me—
And into it at the end.
 
It is my friend,
My lover and enemy—        5
My mother and lover and friend;
My master and my slave.
It gave
All that I have, and it will take away
All that I have, and even my life, some day.        10
 
The ocean is a friend who, for a while,
Will talk with me, and smile;
But always with a stranger’s courtesy.
 
The land is maker and lover and slayer of me.
 
 
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