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First Line: Bananas ripe and green, and ginger root
Last Line: I turned aside and bowed my head and wept.
Alternate Author Name(s): Edwards, Eli
Subject(s): Fruit; Nature; New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


Bananas ripe and green, and ginger-root,
Cocoa in pods and alligator pears,
And tangerines and mangoes and grape fruit,
Fit for the highest prize at parish fairs,

Set in the window, bringing memories
Of fruit-trees laden by low-singing rills,
And dewy dawns, and mystical blue skies
In benediction over nun-like hills.

My eyes grew dim, and I could no more gaze;
A wave of longing through my body swept,
And, hungry for the old, familiar ways,
I turned aside and bowed my head and wept.






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