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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
On the Jail Steps
By Agnes Lee
 
I’VE won the race.
Young man, I’m new!
Old Sallow-face,
Good luck to you!
 
I’ve turned about,        5
And paid for sin.
And you come out,
As I go in.
 
Ten years! but mark,
I am free, free!        10
Ten years of dark
Shall gather me.
 
My wife—long-while
She wept her pain.
She cannot smile;        15
She weeps again.
 
My little one
Shall know my call.
Child is there none,
For sin grows tall.        20
 
Now who are you,
Spar of hell’s flood?
And who, and who,
But your own blood?
 
 
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