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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Skeletons
By Frances Shaw
 
From “Songs”

        Gird thy warrior’s armor on,
And fare thou forth thyself alone.

EMPTY frame upon the wall;
Secret presence in the hall;
In the closets we abide
Of the whole green country side.
 
Savage chief, who sold his wife,        5
Priest, who took a martyr’s life.
 
Madman, raving of his gain;
Cruel pirate of the main;
 
Drunkard, fallen in her track;
Soldier, wounded in the back;        10
 
Scarlet letter, branded deep;
Just the tendency to sleep.
 
Empty frame upon the wall;
Secret presence in the hall;
In the closets we abide        15
Of the whole green country side.
 
 
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