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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
I Would Be Free
By Eda Lou Walton
 
From “Beyond Sorrow”

I WOULD be free of you, my body;
Free of you, too, my little soul.
I am so tired of this mocking hobby,
I am so tired of this imaged whole.
 
I would be neither base nor godly.        5
Loathing myself, could I bear then
To see all life and suffering oddly
Twisted and shaped to the needs of men?
 
I would be neither my own nor another’s:
I would not tend for myself, nor hate        10
The flame of silence that in me smothers
Under the crackling smoke of fate.
 
God!—what is there for such as in me
Cannot be two and are not whole?
Within the spirit dwells the body,        15
Upon the body feeds the soul.
 
 
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