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LINES TO A BEAUTIFUL AND BUS-RIDING LADY, by                 Poet Analysis     Poet's Biography
First Line: O thou who wert seated ahead of
Last Line: Thy veil as it blew.
Alternate Author Name(s): F. P. A.
Subject(s): Creative Ability; Poetry & Poets; Inspiration; Creativity

O THOU who wert seated ahead of
This bard on an Avenue bus,
Thy beauty is such as I've read of,
O'er which I could make quite a fuss.
Thou travelledst yesterday morning,
I deemed thee considerable queen;
A veil, and a black one, adorning
Thy beautiful bean.

Though dreadful was I to distress thee,
So meek, inarticulate, shy
This bard that I feared to address thee,
To risk an indignant reply.
And yet, as I sat in repentance
And felt on my features thy veil,
I struggled to frame thee a sentence,
And struggled to fail.

But here in the calm and the quiet,
When all is inspiringly still,
I rather imagine I'll try it. ...
I shall. I'll go further. ... I will.
O lady accoutred and geared with
That veil, for thy pardon thy sue:
I feared that my face interfered with
Thy veil as it blew.

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