“The time for joviality –
is lost,” he said with much hilarity
“I don’t believe a single word!
I’m much too used to your being absurd.”
He frowned and left me with a glance.
Such looks as born of bitter chance.
“I knew you couldn’t tolerate
The very things I had to say.”
But these last words they sadly fell
On his deaf ears – this I could tell;
Because he turned once more
And left the distance separate –