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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
 
Roy Helton. 1886–
 
115. In Passing
 
THROUGH the dim window, I could see 
  The little room—a sordid square 
Of helter-skelter penury: 
  Piano, whatnot, splintered chair.... 
  
It is so small a room that I         5
  Seemed almost at the woman's side: 
Galled jade—too fat for vanity, 
  And far too frankly old for pride. 
  
Her greasy apron 'round her waist; 
  The dish cloth by her on the chair;  10
As if in some wild headlong haste, 
  She has come in and settled there. 
  
Grimly she bends her back and tries 
  To stab the keys, with heavy hand; 
A child's first finger exercise  15
  Before her on the music stand. 
 
 
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