Cross Roads

Author: Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

V. Understanding

Now, when I stand in some great crowded place,
I see the souls of other women stare
Out of their eyes — And I can glimpse the care
And worry that has banished light and grace
From every life. Upon each woman-face
I see the mark of tears, the hint of prayer
That, one short year ago, had not been there —
I see what time will never quite erase!

Before you left, I did not notice eyes —
Because I knew that I might touch your hand,
I did not dream the dread that swept our land. . .
Ah, dear, the months have made me very wise!
Now, one with everything, I understand,
And heart meets heart and I can sympathize.


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Chicago: Margaret Elizabeth Sangster, "V. Understanding," Cross Roads, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Cross Roads (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed June 16, 2024,

MLA: Sangster, Margaret Elizabeth. "V. Understanding." Cross Roads, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Cross Roads, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 16 Jun. 2024.

Harvard: Sangster, ME, 'V. Understanding' in Cross Roads, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Cross Roads, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 16 June 2024, from