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Rails in the subway,
what did you know of happiness,
when you were ore in the earth;
now the electric lights shine upon you.

 

 

Return to Jerusalem the Golden

 

 

Material from
POEMS 1918-1975: THE COMPLETE POEMS OF CHARLES REZNIKOFF Copyright 1977
by Marie Syrkin Reznikoff and reprinted with the permission of Black Sparrow Press.