A-Day – ‘The Peddler of Flowers’ by Amy Lowell

Here is the Poem-A-Day for Saturday, April 16, 2016.


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The Peddler of Flowers

By Amy Lowell

I came from the country

With flowers,

Larkspur and roses,

Fretted lilies

In their leaves,

And long, cool lavender.

I carried them

From house to house,

And cried them

Down hot streets.

The sun fell

Upon my flowers,

And the dust of the streets

Blew over my basket.

That night

I slept upon the open seats

Of heating a circus,

Where all day long

People had watched

The antics

Of a painted clown.

About this poem

”The Peddler of Flowers” was published in Vol. 1, No. 2, of Others magazine in August 1915.

About Amy Lowell

Amy Lowell was born on Feb. 9, 1874, in Brookline, Mass. She is the author of numerous books, including “Fir-Flower Tablets” (Houghton Mifflin Co., 1921) and “What’s a Clock” (Houghton Mifflin Co., 1925), which won the Pulitzer Prize. She died on May 12, 1925.

AboutThe Academy of American Poets

The Academy of American Poets is a nonprofit, mission-driven organization, whose aim is to make poetry available to a wider audience. Email The Academy atpoem-a-day@poets.org.

This poem is in the public domain. Originally published in Poem-a-Day,www.poets.org. Distributed by King Features Syndicate

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