Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TWENTY BLOCKS, by EGMONT HEGEL ARENS

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TWENTY BLOCKS, by                    
First Line: The daughters of the rich
Last Line: For my soul's quickening. ...
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Hunger; Restaurants; Upper Classes; Cafes; Diners

The daughters of the rich
Go shopping on Thirty-fourth street:
They are sweet, round and succulent,
Nourished, firm-fleshed,
Dainty and expensive morsels
To glut desire
And deaden the spirit.

Down on Fourteenth street
There is a waitress in a restaurant,—
Fresh-skinned and young-limbed,—
With a gesture that speaks of nodding hill-flow'rs in summer.
For fifteen cents I order ham and eggs:
But she will bring me a vivifying draught
For my soul's quickening. ...

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