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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Two Women
By Marjorie Allen Seiffert
 
From “Gallery of Paintings”

TWO faint shadows of women were ascending
  The pathway of a desolate hill,
Pale as moth-wings beneath the low-bending
  Sycamore branches, in the moonlight paler still.
 
“This one is dead,” said the moon; “her face is ashen,        5
  She is dry as a withered leaf—
What has she known of beauty or of passion
  To come by moonlight to the mountain of grief?”
 
“The other too is dead,” said the earth, “yet her feet are burning—
  I feel them hot and restless as blown fire.        10
She has known many paths, why is she turning
  Here, from the secret valley of desire?”
 
They passed, the moon paled, and from leafy places
  Morning crept forth. At last they came
From the mountain of grief—women with tear-wet faces        15
  Who had been withered leaf and shadow of flame.
 
 
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