Hopping Off the Tram

   It would not stop,
   So I took a hop,
An’, Lard oh, my foot a miss!
   It sent me do’n
   Slam on de groun’,
An’ I had a dusty kiss.

   The car went ’long
   With its hummin’ song,
An’ I too went my way;
   But the sudden fall
   I did recall,
And shall for many a day.

From Songs of Jamaica (Aston W. Gardner & Co., 1912) by Claude McKay. This poem is in the public domain.