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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Premonitions
By Helen Birch-Bartlett
 
From “A Line-a-day for Certain Lovers”

CLOUD upon cloud of mist,
Fog clouds,
And curtains of rain.
 
Oh, the glistening world that lay last night
Beyond the narrow and indrawing circle        5
Of this grey morning’s vision!
 
I fear some secret chemistry at work
Among these shifting shrouds,
That stir and move repulsively,
Like dank old water weeds        10
In an old and stagnant pond.
These dim cloud-walls may well conceal
Some darker crown
Than the pool’s white crown of fire-flies.
 
Have you no delicately colored words,        15
Does your hand possess no new grace,
Your eyes no cunning,
To lure away this fantasy?
Your eyes….
 
Your eyes!        20
 
 
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