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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Leaf-movement
By Arthur Davison Ficke
 
FROM its thin branch high in the autumn wind
The yellow leaf now sails in upward flight;
Hovers at top-slope; then, a whirling bright
Eddy of motion, sinks. The storm behind
With gusts and veering tyrannies would uphold        5
Even as it downward beats this gorgeous thing
Which like an angel’s lost and shattered wing
Against the grey sky sweeps its broken gold.
Another eddy, desperate or in mirth,
Brings it to rest here on the crackled earth        10
Where men can see it better than on the bough.
What quite preposterous irony of wind’s-will
Touches it where it lies, golden and still,
And once more lifts it vainly heavenward now!
 
 
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