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Poems by Alice Dunbar-Nelson
I Sit and Sew
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Sonnet

 
by Alice Dunbar-Nelson

I had no thought of violets of late,	
The wild, shy kind that spring beneath your feet	
In wistful April days, when lovers mate	
And wander through the fields in raptures sweet.	
The thought of violets meant florists' shops,	
And bows and pins, and perfumed papers fine;	
And garish lights, and mincing little fops	
And cabarets and songs, and deadening wine.	
So far from sweet real things my thoughts had strayed,	
I had forgot wide fields, and clear brown streams;	        
The perfect loveliness that God has made, -	
Wild violets shy and Heaven-mounting dreams.	
And now—unwittingly, you’ve made me dream	
Of violets, and my soul's forgotten gleam.



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