74 The Taxi

Amy Lowell

When I go away from you

   The world beats dead

   Like a slackened drum.

   I call out for you against the jutted stars

   And shout into the ridges of the wind.

   Streets coming fast,

   One after the other,

   Wedge you away from me,

   And the lamps of the city prick my eyes

   So that I can no longer see your face.

   Why should I leave you,

   To wound myself upon the sharp edges of the night?


“The Taxi” by Amy Lowell was originally published in 1914 in Sword Blades and Poppy Seeds by Amy Lowell.  It is in the public domain and was accessed through Project Gutenberg here: https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/1020/pg1020-images.html#link2H_4_0034.


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