City Vignettes

Sara Teasdale


The greenish sky glows up in misty reds,
 The purple shadows turn to brick and stone,
The dreams wear thin, men turn upon their beds,
 And hear the milk-cart jangle by alone.


The city’s street, a roaring blackened stream
 Walled in by granite, thro’ whose thousand eyes
A thousand yellow lights begin to gleam,
 And over all the pale untroubled skies.

        Rain at Night

The street-lamps shine in a yellow line
 Down the splashy, gleaming street,
And the rain is heard now loud now blurred
 By the tread of homing feet.

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