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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Love Song
By William Carlos Williams
 
  WHAT have I to say to you
When we shall meet?
Yet—
I lie here thinking of you.
 
  The stain of love        5
Is upon the world.
Yellow, yellow, yellow,
It eats into the leaves,
Smears with saffron
The horned branches that lean        10
Heavily
Against a smooth purple sky.
 
  There is no light—
Only a honey-thick stain
That drips from leaf to leaf        15
And limb to limb,
Spoiling the colors
Of the whole world.
 
  I am alone.
The weight of love        20
Has buoyed me up
Till my head
Knocks against the sky.
 
  See me!
My hair is dripping with nectar—        25
Starlings carry it
On their black wings.
See, at last
My arms and my hands
Are lying idle.        30
 
  How can I tell
If I shall ever love you again
As I do now?
 
 
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