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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Harbor Water
By Beatrice Ravenel
 
From “Tidewater”

ALL through the night I can hear the sound of dancers,
Soft-padding hoofs, and the lipping of the water,
The water, the water patting juba …
 
        Juba! Juba!
        Juba lef’ an’ juba right,        5
        Juba dance on a moonshine night
        Juba!
 
Knobbly palmetto posts,
Matted trunks of sea-gods,
Hairier than monkeys, rise from the water—        10
The pulpy, the oily-burnished water.
 
Soft rocking feet of the dancers sway about them,
Long-swelling ripples with their crisp inhibitions,
Filed golden streaks like the pointed feet of dancers,
Pull of the tide, and the netted flopping motion        15
Of the water, the music-woven, oily-damasked water,
Water patting juba….
 
        Juba! Juba!
        Juba lef’ an’ juba right,
        Juba dance on a moonshine night        20
        Juba!
 
 
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