On Broadway

Original Text: 
Harlem Shadows: The Poems of Claude McKay, with an introduction by Max Eastman (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1922): 12. PS 3525 A24785 H3 Robarts Library.
1About me young careless feet
2Linger along the garish street;
3    Above, a hundred shouting signs
4Shed down their bright fantastic glow
5    Upon the merry crowd and lines
6Of moving carriages below.
7Oh wonderful is Broadway -- only
8My heart, my heart is lonely.
9Desire naked, linked with Passion,
10Goes trutting by in brazen fashion;
11    From playhouse, cabaret and inn
12The rainbow lights of Broadway blaze
13    All gay without, all glad within;
14As in a dream I stand and gaze
15At Broadway, shining Broadway -- only
16My heart, my heart is lonely.
Publication Start Year: 
1920
Publication Notes: 
Cambridge Magazine (Summer 1920).
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.
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