The Apartment House
Severe against the pleasant arc of sky
   The great stone box is cruelly displayed.
   The street becomes more dreary from its shade,
And vagrant breezes touch its walls and die.
Here sullen convicts in their chains might lie,
   Or slaves toil dumbly at some dreary trade.
   How worse than folly is their labor made
Who cleft the rocks that this might rise on high!
Yet, as I look, I see a woman’s face
   Gleam from a window far above the street.
This is a house of homes, a sacred place,
   By human passion made divinely sweet.
How all the building thrills with sudden grace
   Beneath the magic of Love’s golden feet!

Webpage © 2001 ELC
Lane Core Jr. (
Created April 3, 2001; not revised.