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D.H. Lawrence (1885–1930). Amores. 1916.

42. Submergence

WHEN along the pavement,

Palpitating flames of life,

People flicker round me,

I forget my bereavement,

The gap in the great constellation,

The place where a star used to be.

Nay, though the pole-star

Is blown out like a candle,

And all the heavens are wandering in disarray,

Yet when pleiads of people are

Deployed around me, and I see

The street’s long outstretched Milky Way,

When people flicker down the pavement,

I forget my bereavement.