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TOWARDS DEMOCRACY: PART 3. A SCENE IN LONDON, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Both of them deaf, and close on eighty years old
Last Line: And she nods her blind head and gives a raucous screech in answer.
Subject(s): London; Love; Old Age


BOTH of them deaf, and close on eighty years old:
She stone blind, and he nearly so;
Side by side crouching over the fire in a little London hovel—six
shillings a week—
Their joints knotted with rheumatism, their faces all day long mute like
statues of all passing expression (no cloud flying by, no gleam of sunshine
there)—lips closed and silent:

But for that now and then taking his pipe out of his mouth,
He puts his face close to her ear and yells just a word into it,
And she nods her blind head and gives a raucous screech in answer.





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