Mona Gould and Margaret Steven were teenaged friends in southern Ontario in the early years of the 20th century. In the Mona Gould Papers at Thomas Fisher Library in Toronto is a photo of the two of them, with other young friends, at Mona’s summer cottage on Lake Erie: Mona is vivacious; Margaret more shy. Both young girls were contributors to the “Circle of Young Canada” in the Toronto Globe in the early 1920s, a forum that introduced a number of young poets to the world. Both Mona and Margaret became published poets and journalists, and their friendship lasted until Margaret’s death in 1991, when they were both in their ’80s. As tribute to her dear friend, Mona wrote the following poem, which Maria Meindl printed in her biography of Mona Gould: Outside the Box: The Life and Legacy of Writer Mona Gould, The Grandmother I Thought I Knew (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2011) 269.

Here’s the untitled poem…

I speak aloud—often
I walk about my house
I go to the window
I survey the scene
I speak it aloud
Often
“Where are you now
Margaret”—to my friend
Of 77 years—

Silence
Comes
Back to
Me!

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