Twilight on Sixth Avenue at Ninth Street

Original Text: 
Selected Poems of Sir Charles G. D. Roberts (Toronto: Ryerson, 1936): 118. PS 8485 O22A17 Robarts Library.
1Over the tops of the houses
2    Twilight and sunset meet.
4    Sinks to the eager street.
5Astray in the tangle of roofs
6    Wanders a wind of June.
7The dial shines in the clock-tower
8    Like the face of a strange-scrawled moon.
9The narrowing lines of the houses
10    Palely begin to gleam,
11And the hurrying crowds fade softly
12    Like an army in a dream.
13Above the vanishing faces
14    A phantom train flares on
15With a voice that shakes the shadows, --
16    Diminishes, and is gone.
17And I walk with the journeying throng
18    In such a solitude
19As where a lonely ocean
20    Washes a lonely wood.


3] diaphanous: ethereal, finely textured. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
Maple Leaf (April 1895).
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.