Winter 1958 • Vol. XX No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 1958 |

Diamonds in Summery Cities

That all might break to rainbows and a blaze, For eyes made soft—such city daffodils― Flounced and parading, these girls twist parasols Over the sidewalks; girls whose laughter lies Not in sounds, but in colors, and with colors amuse. Before them the streets shimmer with pleasurable songs: Such calico dogs and gingerbread men abound. Time puts them in a carriage and youth curls near, The sun and the trees revive, the pigeons multiply— Such is the world of color one finds here. Pain turns sleepily in a toy bed. On fine days one sees Expensive nurses pushing plush baby carriages Before the Plaza, and horse carriages, and doormen, And canopies and doll-like limousines. Therefore, girls reach out stars and make a wish. A man jumps from a window, the policeman shrills, The newsstands crackle and the buildings rasp the air. Boats are sunk in the lake, and a bright red doll Shrieks 'Mama' with hard round eyes; the winds smile twice, As doubling in their false carriage, gi

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