Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE CLOCK IN THE AIR, by JOHN CURTIS UNDERWOOD

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First Line: High on manhattan's tallest tower
Last Line: Teaching the toilers how to dream.
Subject(s): New York City - Buildings; Skyscrapers

High on Manhattan's tallest tower
The clock keeps watch and tells the hour.
The chimes ring out their reveille.
The city wakes and turns to see
Its campanile's shaft of light
Against the sunrise. All the night
It points its finger to the sky.

All day the multitudes march by;
While like a skylark's song there falls
To waken souls in prison walls
To thoughts of meadows far away
From dusty rooms that hide the day;
Of snowpeaks and the open sea;
Of all the city's symphony
This note supernal and supreme
Teaching the toilers how to dream.

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