Union Square

Original Text: 
Helen of Troy and Other Poems (New York: Putnam's, 1911).
2    I walked in the street-lamps' flare;
3We watched the world go home that night
4    In a flood through Union Square.
5I leaned to catch the words he said
6    That were light as a snowflake falling;
7Ah well that he never leaned to hear
8    The words my heart was calling.
9And on we walked and on we walked
11Where the girls with thirsty eyes go by
12    On the errand each man knows.
13And on we walked and on we walked,
14    At the door at last we said good-bye;
15I knew by his smile he had not heard
16    My heart's unuttered cry.
17With the man I love who loves me not
18    I walked in the street-lamps' flare --
19But oh, the girls who ask for love
20    In the lights of Union Square.

Notes

1] park in south-central Manhattan. Back to Line
10] picture shows: movies Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1911
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2004
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