Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MARIZIBILL, by GUILLAUME APOLLINAIRE

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MARIZIBILL, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Along the high-street in cologne
Last Line: Their hearts sway open like their doors
Alternate Author Name(s): Kostrowitzky, Wilhelm Apollina
Subject(s): Prostitution; Harlots; Whores; Brothels

Along the high-street in Cologne
back and forth she walked at night
a slick little piece for all to own
then tired of sidewalks she'd stay on
in shady barrooms drinking late

She went down and out, she gave her all
for a redheaded pimp with a bloodshot eye
a jew he was with a garlic smell
who'd come from Formosa once and hauled
her out of some whorehouse in Shanghai

People I know of every sort
to match their fates they lack the force
like dead leaves they're irresolute
their eyes are fires just half put out
their hearts sway open like their doors

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