‘The Story Of The Ashes And The Flame’ by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Another little treasure…

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No matter why, nor whence, nor when she came,
There was her place. No matter what men said,
No matter what she was; living or dead,
Faithful or not, he loved her all the same.
The story was as old as human shame,
But ever since that lonely night she fled,
With books to blind him, he had only read
The story of the ashes and the flame.

There she was always coming pretty soon
To fool him back, with penitent scared eyes
That had in them the laughter of the moon
For baffled lovers, and to make him think —
Before she gave him time enough to wink —
Her kisses were the keys to Paradise.

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Two by Four

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Tracks in early morning dew
Your four, to my two.
We run, you in front, no care,
Me behind. Just there.
You don’t need to look back to see
Where I am. You know me,
Hear me when I call you back
Know the things I often lack,
A touch, a voice, someone to be with
Nothing to take, only things to give.

What better love is there than this
Glossy black, requited bliss?

Petals

 

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Morning;
The heavy lightness of sunshine
Opens dark eyes that cannot see. You
Are not here
And my heart is caught up in the gauzy ghost of a summer breeze,
Then scattered like petals
To fall where you might tread.

Things I Wrote Today

I am oddly pleased with the oh so ‘creative’ titles for today and yesterday’s poetic offerings. Hopefully the poems are marginally better…There was only going to be one poem for today but then I ended up writing  two, as you do, and couldn’t decide which one I liked best…

#1

I gave the most transparent hints all week:
This is what I need.
You gave them right back again:
This is not what I need.

#2

Sometimes, the struggle isn’t only yours,
It’s mine too.
Sometimes, behind the smiles you see,
There are tears.
Sometimes, all I need is to know,
Is that you still love me.
Sometimes, perhaps I explain this all wrong;
Upset you.
Sometimes, I should probably just give up,
Accept defeat.