Sunset: St. Louis

by Sara Teasdale
Hushed in the smoky haze of summer sunset,
When I came home again from far-off places,
How many times I saw my western city
 Dream by her river.
Then for an hour the water wore a mantle
Of tawny gold and mauve and misted turquoise
Under the tall and darkened arches bearing
 Gray, high-flung bridges.
Against the sunset, water-towers and steeples
Flickered with fire up the slope to westward,
And old warehouses poured their purple shadows
 Across the levee.
High over them the black train swept with thunder,
Cleaving the city, leaving far beneath it
Wharf-boats moored beside the old side-wheelers
 Resting in twilight.