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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
A Lost Friend
By Margaret Widdemer
 
From “Voices of Women”

I WISH there could have been—
Strong, loyal, innocent—
But one hour long ago,
The you I thought to be.
  High watch on things unseen,        5
  Grave honor, pure intent—
  The soul I thought to know
  Gave all these things to me.
 
I could have made a grave
For that immortal hour,        10
For that immortal friend,
Still through my whole life mine.
  Purple and gold would wave
  Thought-flower, passion-flower,
  Above it, to the end        15
  Comforting-place and shrine.
 
But where your image stood
Oh, there was never you!
(My heart, whence it is gone,
Feels a tired, empty pain).        20
  You were a dream, a mood,
  Dim, wavering, untrue;
  A ghost that passed at dawn
  And will not come again.
 
 
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