The Grass in Madison Square
The pleasant turf is dried and marred and seared,
      The grass is dead.
No soft green shoot, by rain and sunshine reared,
      Lifts up its head.
I think the grass that made the park so gay
      In early spring
Now decks the lawns of Heaven where babies play
      And dance and sing.
And poor old vagabonds who now have left
      The dusty street,
Find fields of which they were in life bereft,
      Beneath their feet.

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Lane Core Jr. (
Created April 5, 2001; not revised.