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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Letter
By Helen Hoyt
 
From “City Pastorals”

  THE WORDS were beautiful,
Before I had read them.
 
  I laid my fingers along the edges,
Over the fold your hands had folded—
I laid my face to the face of my letter.        5
 
  Softly came down and closed in about me
A solitude,
A separate world;
In which was no sound or motion or being,
Only the whispering of the paper        10
Stirring to life in my brain.
 
  All day I carried it
Against me,
Like a bird;
Against my heart where my life is,        15
Like a secret waiting in my heart,
Singing.
 
 
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