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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Ikons
By Skipwith Cannéll
 
I.
MY thoughts
Are little, silver fishes jumping in a row,
Little fishes leaping upon a black cloth
With a shark behind them.
O yellow eyes in the black sea!        5
 
Too deep lurk the great fishes,
I cannot sense them.
 
II.
I have spun me a chain of water
And about my throat I have bound it,
And a pendant of sand I have made        10
And hung it upon my breast,
And a cross from it.
 
For there is a sea that is like a lurking emerald,
And my soul is a river of black water that runs
Down to that sea.        15
 
III.
The eyes of evil men are like onyx or amber,
A necklace of stone tight round the throats of women.
 
Alas for the tears of evil men …
Black pearls upon a tablet of silver.
 
 
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