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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Endymion
By John Crawford
 
From “Night”

THE UNIVERSE
Crumbles away,
Crawls away …
 
A simoon
Keyed down,        5
Hushed away
To whispers….
 
(Trickling, trickling—
Bare legs—
Impacts of sand-grains—        10
Impacts of girls’ eyes—)
 
Up to my knees …
 
(Isolation
Of flesh from flesh—
Slippery, gritty,        15
Hands grip and slide,
Fingers roll
On my face—)
 
Knee deep,
Waist deep,        20
Eyes prickling …
 
(It was my gift
To catch their eyes,
Catch and hold their eyes:
She knew that,        25
But She could not blind
All their eyes—)
 
Waist-deep—
Up to my arm-pits….
 
(She found one        30
Could keep my arms knit—
Body like a panther,
That one—)
 
Up to my eyes—
Sleep slides        35
Grain by grain….
 
(What She did to you
No one knows….
She’ll never kill the feel of you
With Her sand—)        40
 
Crumbling,
Crawling,
Creeping—
Ring about my neck …
 
(Yours—        45
Your hands at my throat—
Your lips—)
 
 
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