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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Action Poem
By Helen Hoyt
 
From “Poems of Life and Death”

A Song to Wake Your Dear in the Morning

I KISS the locks of your hair:
Do you feel me there,
Sleepy one?
 
I will put a kiss on your brow:
Are you waking now?        5
Won’t you wake, sleepy one?
 
A kiss on your left eye; on your right—
Closed tight, closed tight!
Oh, you are a hard one to wake!
 
A kiss on your nose        10
Where your deep breath goes,
Sleepy one!
 
Now a kiss for each ear:
Do you hear, do you hear?
Wake, sleepy one!        15
 
A kiss for this cheek; a kiss for this:
How many kisses you will miss!
Won’t you wake? Won’t you wake?
 
Now I come to your lips that I love:
Oh, you are waking! You wake and move!        20
Sleepy one!
 
Sleepy one,
My kisses are done.
Oh, you are a hard one to wake!
 
 
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