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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Tram
By Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
 
HUMMING and creaking, the car down the street
Lumbered and lurched through thunderous gloam,
Bearing us, spent and dumb with the heat,
From office and counter and factory home:
 
Sallow-faced clerks, genteel in black;        5
Girls from the laundries, draggled and dank;
Ruddy-faced laborers slouching slack;
A broken actor, grizzled and lank;
 
A mother with querulous babe on her lap;
A schoolboy whistling under his breath;        10
An old man crouched in a dreamless nap;
A widow with eyes on the eyes of death;
 
A priest; a sailor with deep-sea gaze;
A soldier in scarlet with waxed moustache;
A drunken trollop in velvet and lace;        15
All silent in that tense dusk …. when a flash
 
Of lightning shivered the sultry gloom:
With shattering brattle the whole sky fell
About us, and rapt to a dazzling doom
We glided on in a timeless spell,        20
 
Unscathed through deluge and flying fire
In a magical chariot of streaming glass,
Cut off from our kind and the world’s desire,
Made one by the awe that had come to pass.
 
 
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