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Each week a poem is chosen to be recorded by as many LibriVox volunteers as possible!Alfred Damon Runyon was an American newspaperman and short-story writer. He was best known for his short stories celebrating the world of Broadway in New York City that grew out of the Prohibition era. Runyon's fictional world is also known to the general public through the musical Guys and Dolls based on a few of his stories. ( Wikipedia)
This Weekly Poem was suggested by KevinS.
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Then read the poem:The Last of the Hackdrivers by Damon Runyon, read for LibriVox.org by [your name].
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A STORY OF THE CITY
YOU all recall ''Seattle," and his team of balky grays
Who stood at Kelcey's corner for a score of years or more;
His hack a welcome haven in your salad, ballad days
When you steered, a trifle tempest tossed, against his friendly shore.
You must recall "Seattle," and the creak and squeak and rattle
Of his deep sea-going carriage as it churned along the street ;
In rain or shine he waited for the patrons he had slated —
And now, they say, "Seattle's "dead ; time surely passes fleet!
You must recall " Seattle," and his horses, Tom and Joe;
His beaming, liquored countenance, and somewhat husky bass —
For twenty years of night he stood and watched us come and go
And lent a helping hand to us with all his courtly grace.
He drove you to your courting, to your wedding and disporting,
He stood, a beacon of relief, from nightfall until dawn.
When anyone was buried, in his good old hack he ferried
The mourners to the graveyard where he himself has gone.
Aye, we all recall "Seattle," and his team of sulky grays,
A taxicab is at his stand, and he has passed along.
But we seem to hear — an echo of the ballad, salad days —
His husky voice uplifted in an oldtime dance hall song.
So we'll weep for old "Seattle," and we'll miss the creak and rattle
Of the iron-heeled wheels that sang to us in creeping down the road;
And in that place hereafter, we will greet that kindly grafter
With a pleasant, "How, Seattle," and a "Have you got a load? "
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