How

How can I work when you play the piano,
  Feminine person above?
How can I think, with your ceaseless soprano
  Singing: 'Ah, Love-'?

How can I dream of a subject aesthetic,
  Far from the purlieus of prose?
How, with the call of the peripatetic
  'High! High cash clo'es!'?

How can I write when the children are crying?
  How can I poetize-how?
How can I help imper_fect_ versifying?
(There is some now.)

How can I bathe in the thought-waves of
  beauty?
How, with my nerves on the slant,
Can I perform my poetical duty?
  Frankly, I can't.

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