Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, CITY SONNET, by FLORENCE DAVIDSON STROTHER

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CITY SONNET, by            
First Line: Watering plants from a wedgewood cup today
Last Line: With a tear or two perhaps.
Subject(s): Cities; Sonnet (as Literary Form); Urban Life

Watering plants from a Wedgewood cup today
A frail hand moves -- graceful, slow,
Lingering at each blossom of the tiny row
In a window high above the seething way.
Below, boys scream headlines; against the grey
Hungry men without hope or glow
Shift as policemen come and go;
A girl with violets hurries smiling, gay.
At intervals through the smoky hours,
Above the noise that wraps
The factories, tall buildings, and thin towers,
A screeching grind sounds death taps
While a tired lady freshens flowers
With a tear or two perhaps.

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