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Cottonopolis 1852
larrylark

I observed huge factories
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wrapped in darkness,
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yet within a few moments
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illuminated in such ways
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each seemed grander than a palace.
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Clapping sounds of wooden clogs
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echoed on cobbled streets,
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touched by fine rain.
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Without word
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from every side,
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a tide of humankind
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hurried down damp pavements
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No one sighed or cried out,
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huddled in thin cotton clothes
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they hastened towards
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dreary occupations.
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The crowd thinned,
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noise died away.
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A hundred clocks
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struck the hour of six.
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All were at their stations,
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streets once more
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silent, deserted.
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An entire population had appeared
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then was swallowed
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by those giant buildings.
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Rising on all sides
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a rushing surge of sound,
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as if trees were there
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with wind stirring among them.
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Thousands of wheels, shuttles,
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small and large began to move.
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The panting of steam engines
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hurried all along to the pace
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of their relentless rhythms.
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14 May 11

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Brilliant time passage. I read and wanted more
 — justicely

I loved the picture of this Larry lark meadows. Gorgeous, and how I would love to photograph. iiiiii. now i have to log in to give you a tin.
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Thanks justicely
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I hope its a baked bean tin
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