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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Old Courtesan’s Lament
By Dhan Gopal Mukerji
 
FACES, faces, faces—
Why do ye turn away?
 
Young and old,
Why will ye not gaze into my face?
 
Come, I am thirsty—        5
Give me the chalice of your faces.
 
How can I forget
Limbs helpless with lust?
 
How can time take from me
The woundings of claw-sharp hands,        10
 
And the pleading anger of eyes
That burn with hate of love?
 
I am withering with hunger,
I who fed your famished sex!
 
Bring me the bare pittance of your pleasure,        15
Young and old—faces, faces, faces!
 
 
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