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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
A Garden in the Desert
By Harriet Monroe
 
From “Poems of Travel”

SO light and soft the days fall—
    Like petals one by one
Down from yon tree whose flowers all
    Must vanish in the sun.
 
Like almond-petals down, dear,        5
    Odorous, rosy-white,
Falling to our green world here
    Off the thick boughs of night.
 
One like another still lies—
    Tomorrow is today.        10
Always the buzzing bee flies,
    Who never flies away.
 
Ever the same blue sky rounds
    Its chalice for the sun.
The mountains at the world’s bounds        15
    Their purple chorals run.
 
And ever you and I, friend,
    Free of this mortal scheme,
Look out beyond desire’s end
    And dream the spacious dream.        20
 
 
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