Classic and Contemporary Poetry
TWILIGHT ON SIXTH AVENUE AT NINTH STREET, by CHARLES GEORGE DOUGLAS ROBERTS Poet's Biography
First Line: Over the tops of the houses
Last Line: Washes a lonely wood.
Subject(s): Evening; Streets; Wind; Sunset; Twilight; Avenues
Over the tops of the houses
Twilight and sunset meet.
The green, diaphanous dusk
Sinks to the eager street.
Astray in the tangle of roofs
Wanders a wind of June.
The dial shines in the clock-tower
Like the face of a strange-scrawled moon.
The narrowing lines of the houses
Palely begin to gleam,
And the hurrying crowds fade softly
Like an army in a dream.
Above the vanishing faces
A phantom train flares on
With a voice that shakes the shadows, --
Diminishes, and is gone.
And I walk with the journeying throng
In such a solitude
As where a lonely ocean
Washes a lonely wood.
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