Title: The Triumph of Civilization
Date: October, 1886
Source: Freedom: A Journal of Anarchist Socialism, Vol. 1, No. 1, online source RevoltLib.com, retrieved on May 8, 2020.
Notes: Freedom Press (ed.)
The Triumph of Civilization
On the outskirts of a great city,
A street of fashionable mansions well withdrawn from all the noise
And in the street--the only figure there--in the middle of the road,
in the bitter wind --
Red-nosed thin-shawled, with ankles bare and old boots--
A woman bent and haggard, croaking a dismal song.
And the great windows stare upon her wretchedness, and stare across
the road upon each other,
With big fool eyes;
But not a door is opened, not a face is seen,
Nor form of life down all the dreary street,
To certify the existence of humanity,--
Other than hers.