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First Line: I sold my brownstone windows full of leaves
Last Line: Their clopping rhythm muffled in fresh snow.
Subject(s): Cities; Moving & Movers; Winter; Urban Life


I sold my brownstone windows full of leaves,
moved to where the stern stones of corporations
sun-glower windows down at me. The only
green is the hanging gardens of Manhattan
where terrace steps on leafy terrace blooming
geraniums, clematis, and pastel
profusions of petunias. I'd expected
the querulous exchanges of cars and trucks,
the garbage dinosaurs at 2 AM
which grind up restaurant trash between their molars,
but not St. Thomas's bells jubilating
on Sunday morning or to wake at midnight
in a past century to horses' hooves,
their clopping rhythm muffled in fresh snow.





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