Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, RAIN IN THE CITY, by ANNETTE TEMIN



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RAIN IN THE CITY, by            
First Line: There is abroad this night in every place
Last Line: Walk sleepless now and troubled in the rain.
Subject(s): Cities; Rain; Urban Life


There is abroad this night in every place
The passing of the rain from street to street,
Like women moving down the quiet feet
From ancient regions of an upper space,
Bright-haired against the dark, and cold and sweet
Against the human limb which strides apace
Lest it receive their lecherous embrace.
Like grain across the pavement bends the fleet
Of mystic forms, and perilous with love,
Aflame with virgin beauty as they pass,
Their bodies press upon the frozen glass.
And voices sad and empty as the dove
Rebuke the silent streets where men in pain
Walk sleepless now and troubled in the rain.





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