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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Wild Honey of Wisdom
By Arthur V. Kent
 
To E. L. L.

BETTER a thousand times is my friend than the nuts of knowledge to me.
She is wise with the wisdom the flower gives to the honey-gathering bee.
The ways of her mind are free to the winds that circle infinity.
 
My friend is a gardener of joy, and her radiant thoughts are seeds
That soon or late will be blossoming in the green of their destined meads—        5
She has sown in my heart a music that was sighed through moon-lit reeds.
 
Frail are her songs from fairydom, and so surpassing sweet
That in them is the laugh of leaves and the gleam of green-shod feet,
And in and out thread flights of wings with soft and rhythmic beat.
 
She holds a great enchantment in each white, lovely hand;        10
The days run through her fingers like bright escaping sand,
And all but grains of loveliness her sanctuary are banned.
 
Her feet, so used to wind-sweet ways, for rest were never meant.
’Tis on a wonder-seeking quest their tireless steps are bent.
Her soul must be a nomad star with all the heavens for bent.        15
 
 
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