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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Song of Mocking for an Old Woman
By Myrtle Eberstein
 
From “Woman-songs of the Herero”
A primitive people of Northwestern Africa

She is old,
Her breasts are withered,
Nobody will give cows for her.
 
When she goes to carry water
The shining black young men,        5
Big, laughing lazily,
They mock at her
Although she carries them water and food at noon.
“She is old,” they say,
“Old and withered like the dead mangrove        10
That once had red blossoms.”
They do not know
Red blossoms are in her heart still,
For her breasts are withered.
 
She is old:        15
None would give cows for her.
 
 
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