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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Concerning a Nobelman
By Caroline Dudley
 
MY friend felt pity
On the red battlefield
Where death and dying souls mingled.
 
The white face
Of a Japanese man on the ground        5
Held his eyes, like the resolute moon.
 
The white face,
The body without arms, without legs—
They moved my friend to speak:
 
“You suffer—        10
I am sorry for you.
May I help you?”
 
The wilful face
Rose from the ground,
Blooming into a flower of song:        15
 
“No,
I do not suffer—
I am Samurai.”
 
The flower fell;
The petals blew away        20
Into the spirit of Japan.
 
 
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