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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
By the Lake
By Helen Hoyt
 
From “In a Certain City”

WASH from me all my weariness, waters;
Wash from me all my thoughts and purposes;
Wash from me all my desires and dreams and hopes,
And drown them in your old monotony!
 
Oh, take me from myself and let me lose myself!        5
Let this incessant churning against the rocks—
This clumping, clumping, clumping of the water—
Wash over my brain and wash my brain away!
 
Till I am left at last empty of all that I was,
All that I knew or was or wished to be:        10
Left empty and content and uncontending;
Languorous, and numbed and lulled asleep.
 
 
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