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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Old Man
By Loureine Aber
 
From “City Lanes”

DAWN sprang wildly to her lips,
And the little hard breasts burst as a waterfall over the rocks.
I, the dark pine at the precipice edge,
Lunged and was still;
Then swiftly, as wild birds go to the kill,        5
Toppled, and ran with her youth to the sea.
 
They said I was wanton and cruel
To have taken her youth at the height,
To have matched the great might
Of my years        10
With her slender beauty and tremulous fears.
 
I tell you, I lunged and was still;
Then swiftly, as wild birds go to the kill,
Toppled, and ran with her youth to the sea….
Pity me!        15
 
 
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