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

YOU are not one child only,
  Little one, daughter my dear—
Hundreds of shadowy children
  Follow you everywhere.
 
Babies in twilighted corners        5
  Play with your outgrown things;
They whisper forgotten stories,
  They dance in gossamer rings.
 
Hundreds of outgrown children
  Look from your candid eyes;        10
Butterfly, ceaselessly living
  In a swarming of butterflies.
 
You race through the garden doorway,
  And swift, like a silvery band,
The cobweb of children is after you …        15
  But the last one holds my hand.
 
 
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