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  • The Dreamer

    From The Birmingham Age Herald, November 14, 1914. By Theodosia Garrison.

    The gypsies passed her little gate—
        She stopped her wheel to see
    A brown-faced pair who walked the road
        Free as the wind is free;
    And suddenly her tiny room
        A prison seemed to be.

    Her shining plates against the walls,
        Her sunlit sanded floor,
    The brass-bound wedding chest that held
        Her linen’s snowy store,
    The very wheel whose running died—
        Seemed only chains she bore.

    She watched the foot-free gypsies pass;
        She never knew or guessed
    The wishful dream that drew them close—
        The longing in each breast
    To some day know a home like hers
        Wherein their hearts might rest.