My Love's Kiss
I cannot presume to depart from my love,
As if—as if—once he could perish—
During the leave, and I—tardily away
Could encounter the soul that sought me
Should I regret—in the eyes—
Those eyes—a smile that hunted me—
The eyes that could not bear to shut—
Until they saw thru me,—saw thru me—
Can I suffer the self possession,—
So knowing I’d come—so knowing!
Him—awake, shadows and awake,—
Repeating my patient nickname—
My spirit could give, it’s broke again—
Since giving then—since giving up then—
Was useless as the sunrise, like pastels—
Where dewdrops had not yet been strewn!
Afterhand, composure desired nothing—
So assured, so even in dying—dead.
Because he was my friend, my heart!
It gave up on him as he was lying still.—
Keeping love in my heart,—keeping it—
Me and the dying, all there but dead,—
If he was not too loving—so loving—
I’d have had him with me evermore!
So sorry, to my friend, my love gains—
The lifeless garden groves, they go—
If he was not so careless—so lovely—
He’d have waited for me secretly!!
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