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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Red Bridge
By Skipwith Cannéll
 
From “Monoliths”

THE ARCHES of the red bridge
Are stronger than ever:
The arches of the scarlet bridge
Are of rough, bleak stone.
 
Why should such massive arches be the span        5
    From cloud to tenuous cloud?
.      .      .      .
Let us not seek omens in the guts
    Of newly slain fowls;
Leaving such play to the children,
Let us pluck wild swans        10
    From under the moon;
Or, challenging strong, terrible men,
    Let us slay them and seek truth
        In their smoking entrails.
 
Let us fling runners        15
    Across the red bridge,
Deep-lunged runners who will return to us
With tidings of the far countries
And the strange seas!
.      .      .      .
There be many terrible men        20
Going out upon the bridge,
Through the little door
        That is by the steps from the river.
 
 
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