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PICCADILLY CIRCUS AT NIGHT: STREETWALKERS, by                 Poet Analysis     Poet's Biography
First Line: When into the night the yellow light is roused like dust
Last Line: Sea.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lawrence, D. H.
Subject(s): Piccadilly, London; Prostitution; Harlots; Whores; Brothels

WHEN into the night the yellow light is roused like dust
above the towns,
Or like a mist the moon has kissed from off a pool in the
midst of the downs,

Our faces flower for a little hour pale and uncertain along
the street,
Daisies that waken all mistaken white-spread in expectancy to meet

The luminous mist which the poor things wist was dawn
arriving across the sky,
When dawn is far behind the star the dust-lit town has driven so high.

All the birds are folded in a silent ball of sleep,
All the flowers are faded from the asphalt isle in the sea,
Only we hard-faced creatures go round and round, and keep
The shores of this innermost ocean alive and illusory.

Wanton sparrows that twittered when morning looked in at their eyes
And the Cyprian's pavement-roses are gone, and now it is we
Flowers of illusion who shine in our gauds, make a Paradise
On the shores of this ceaseless ocean, gay birds of the town-dark

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