The Beginner

Lo! What is this that I make—sudden, supreme, unrehearsed—
    This that my clutch in the crowd pressed at a venture has raised?
Forward and onward I sprang when I thought (as I ought) I reversed,
     And a cab like a martagon opes and I sit in the wreckage dazed. 

And someone is taking my name, and the driver is rending the air
    With cries for my blood and my gold, and a snickering news-boy brings
My cap, wheel-pashed from the kerb. I must run her home for repair,
    Where she leers with her bonnet awry—flat on the nether springs!

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