Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, CHORUS-GIRL, by MARY ATWATER TAYLOR



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CHORUS-GIRL, by            
First Line: Poised like a fire-fly, burnished steel and blue
Last Line: And ash instead of firelight in her face!
Subject(s): Courtesans


Poised like a fire-fly, burnished steel and blue,
She led the tawdry line of painted smiles
And darkened eyelids, and the tripping miles
Of slender silk-shod legs, her slight suede shoe
Keeping its perfect time. Her small head knew
Far more than any in those swaying files
Of love and lust and men and high-paid wiles,
And the sharp price her white young beauty drew.

Yet in that mass she was the only one
Who fired your tenderness, and held in trance
Your sated disillusion, with her grace,
Even though you knew she would be swiftly done.
With tarnished dimming of her eyes' clear glance
And ash instead of firelight in her face!





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