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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
O Changing One
By William A. Norris
 
SOMETIMES, O changing one,
Your feet are like white foam
Riding the long blue rhythms of my thought—
Like foam on a subsiding lake
In the hour next before sunset.        5
 
And sometimes your feet are leaves
Red from the first frost,
Whirling into the corners of my mind,
Whirling into the sunlight again;
Dancing, chaotic,        10
Gay in their brief autumn.
 
But sometimes
Your feet are like black velvet,
And you move without sound within the shadows;
You circle the firelight of my thought.        15
And I, by the red fire that fights the shadows,
Wonder what prey you seek—
I, not wholly at ease.
 
 
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