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Hamilton Fish Armstrong, ed.  The Book of New York Verse.  1917.
 
Roses in the Subway
By Dana Burnet
 
A WAN-CHEEKED girl with faded eyes
  Came stumbling down the crowded car,
Clutching her burden to her breast
  As though she held a star.
 
Roses, I swear it! Red and sweet        5
  And struggling from her pinched white hands,
Roses … like captured hostages
  From far and fairy lands!
 
The thunder of the rushing train
  Was like a hush … The flower scent        10
Breathed faintly on the stale, whirled air
  Like some dim sacrament—
 
I saw a garden stretching out
  And morning on it like a crown—
And o’er a bed of crimson bloom        15
  My mother … stooping down.
 
 
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