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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
I Ask for a Friend
By Ernest Walsh
 
I ASK a girl, for a friend—a playmate
Full of May-blown dreams; and lilac in her hair;
With boyish ankles, intimately strange
And hands forever busy with applause;
And mothering, lash-screened, virgin eyes;        5
And a slim-breasted body made of joy.
 
Her coming would mean spring to my heart;
We’d give our souls a holiday, cut loose,
Arrange a rendezvous with Love somewhere—
And forget to keep it, being good friends.        10
 
I ask a girl, for a friend—a playmate
Full of May-blown dreams; and lilac in her hair.
 
 
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