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Window Shopper Analysis

Author: poem of Robert Service Type: poem Views: 0

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I stood before a candy shop

Which with a Christmas radiance shone;

I saw my parents pass and stop

To grin at me and then go on.

The sweets were heaped in gleamy rows;

On each I feasted - what a game!

Against the glass with flatted nose,

Gulping my spittle as it came;

So still I stood, and stared and dreamed,

Savouring sweetness with my eyes,

Devouring dainties till it seemed

My candy shop was paradise.

I had, I think, but five years old,

And though three-score and ten have passed,

I still recall the craintive cold,

The grimy street, the gritty blast;

And how I stared into that shop,

Its gifts so near and yet so far,

Of marzipan and toffee drop,

Of chocolate and walnut bar;

Imagining what I would buy

Amid delights so rich and rare . . .

The glass was misted with my sigh:

"If just one penny Pop could spare!"

And then when I went home to tea

Of bread and butter sparsely spread,

Oh, how my parents twitted me:

"You stood for full an hour," they said.

"We saw you as we passed again;

Your eyes upon the sweets were glued;

Your nose was flattened to the pane,

Like someone hypnotized you stood."

But when they laughed as at a joke,

A bitterness I could not stem

Within my little heart awoke. . . .

Oh, I have long forgiven them;

For though I know they did no own

Pennies to spare, they might, it seems

More understanding love have shown

More sympathy for those vain dreams,

Which make of me with wistful gaze

God's Window Shopper all days.


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