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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Instruction
By Hazel Hall
 
From “Repetitions”

MY hands that guide a needle
  In their turn are led
Relentlessly and deftly,
  As a needle leads a thread.
 
Other hands are teaching        5
  My needle; when I sew
I feel the cool, thin fingers
  Of hands I do not know.
 
They urge my needle onward,
  They smooth my seams, until        10
The worry of my stitches
  Smothers in their skill.
 
All the tired women,
  Who sewed their lives away,
Speak in my deft fingers        15
  As I sew today.
 
 
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