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THE FUNERAL OF ANTONIO GIANNO, by            
First Line: Above the fruit store down on biddle street
Last Line: The devastation of the last descent!
Subject(s): Funerals; Burials


Above the fruit store down on Biddle street,
Where he found humble solace and a rest
From that unwritten law whose final test
Predestined him for vengeance's winding sheet --
In that now empty chamber, just the sweet
Faint scent of flowers where each parting guest
Gave springtime's tribute to the dispossessed,
A memory and fragrance of defeat!

As guardians at that dark door where came
The cortege, tapers with their glow half-spent
On shadow fade and finger with a flame.
And down the dim worn stairway, trampled, bent,
Crushed petals, with their blood upon his name --
The devastation of the last descent!





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