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SONNETS OF SEVEN CITIES: CHICAGO, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Deep bosomed, buxom, at first glance, mature
Last Line: To heights of labor, love and sacrifice.
Subject(s): Chicago


Deep bosomed, buxom, at first glance, mature
Yet but a girl who wears a woman's form,
A willful girl whose brain is all aswarm
With dreams and doubts, thoughts vivid and obscure.
Sometimes the siren with a subtle lure
Her beauty ripe, seductive, richly warm;
Sometimes the slattern with her house a storm
Of dirt and clutter painful to endure.

She sees herself as grown to womanhood,
The world views her as adolescent still,
Whereat she stamps her feet—as children would—
And sounds her protest, angry, sharp and shrill.
But when the need is great her soul can rise
To heights of labor, love and sacrifice.





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