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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
To a Friend
By Minor Watson
AS a child parts the petals of a rose,
Seeking perplexed, within the perfumed core,
A tangible sweetness—so my thoughts explore
This twilit hour, through many a fragrant close,
Our interfolded years. Proud Memory shows        5
Old visions of far days, bright in her store
Beside the light last speech we loitered o’er;
So thornless-fair our Rose of Friendship blows.
But whence the subtle sweetness which makes rare
Slight, common joys, so they be shared by you;        10
Or why, that distant hour, each spirit chose
Instant the other? Sense may not lay bare
The mystery of love I thus pursue
As a child parts the petals of a rose.

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