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Famous Down Town Poems by Famous Poets

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by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
...d she stands there as long as she can see
The man who walks just ahead of me.

At night, when I come from my office down town,
There stands a woman with eyes of brown,
Smiling out through the window blind
At the man who is walking just behind.

This fellow and I resemble each other -
At least so I'm told by one and another,
(Though I think I'm the handsomer by far, of the two,)
I don't know him at all, save to 'how d'ye do, '
Or nod when I meet him. I think he's a...Read More

by Whitman, Walt
...I WAS asking for something specific and perfect for my city, 
Whereupon, lo! upsprang the aboriginal name! 

Now I see what there is in a name, a word, liquid, sane, unruly, musical, self-sufficient;

I see that the word of my city is that word up there, 
Because I see that word nested in nests of water-bays, superb, with tall and wonderful
Rich, ...Read More

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington
...Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked,
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
"Good-morning," and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich--yes, richer than a king--...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton

(Cross-examied by the Committee.) 
'Ow do I know the moke 
After one sight? 
S'posin' you meet a bloke 
Down town at night, 
Wouldn't you know 'im again when you meet 'im? 
That's 'im all right! 

What was the brand on 'is 'ide? 
I couldn't say, 
Brands can be transmogrified. 
That ain't the way -- 
It's the look of a 'orse and the way that 'e moves 
That I'd know any day. 

What was the boy on 'is back? 
Why, 'e went past 
All of a minute, and off dow...Read More

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