Girl Sent out

A peculiarly flat face
and a button nose
with a mouth scarcely
larger than a button-hole.

Not the slightest expression
visible in features
when speaking.

She wore a mask
one might have fancied
but for shinning eyes.

The bright eyes
of a person
in a fever
kept moving.

The green frock
turning a mouldy tint.
Big patches of gruel
stain a black apron stiff.

Only in wet weather
does she sweep a crossing
by Dunn’s Passage.

Some ladies and gentlemen
give regular.

A beer-shop
gives bread and cheese
whenever the
twelve year old is seen.

At four in the evening
its home to see
to baby.