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DISILLUSIONMENT, by            
First Line: My chinese rug means poignant joy to me
Last Line: They give the rug the life they never had.
Subject(s): Deception


My Chinese rug means poignant joy to me,
I watch its colors blend, in ecstasy.
What heathen goddess from her throne on high,
Snatched wondrous colors from the evening sky
And gave to man to weave? ... What magic art
Can blend emotions of the human heart
And show them forth in color? ... Mute, I trace
Through all its beauty, the genius of a race.

I learned the secret of my rug today.
No heathen goddess at its birth held sway,
But little Chinese children, spent and wan,
In bleak, infected room from early dawn
Till late at night work steadily ... They sit
Before the loom, with faces never lit
With joy of childhood's years; yet, frail and sad
They give the rug the life they never had.





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