Out of the low still skies, over the hills,
New York's fantastic spires and cheerless domes,-
The Dawn! my spirit to its spirit thrills.
Almost the mighty city is asleep,
No pushing-crowd, no tramping, tramping feet;
But here and there a few cars, groaning, creep
Along, above and underneath the street,
Bearing their strangely-ghostly burdens by,
The women and the men of garish nights,
Their eyes wine-weakened and their clothes awry,
Nodding under the strong electric lights.
On through the waning shadows of New York,
Before the Dawn, I wend my way to work.
(Spring in New Hampshire and Other Poems , Cambridge Magazine )
(A variant of this poem appears as "Dawn in New York" in Harlem Shadows )
(Edited and Proofread by Amardeep Singh)