Classic and Contemporary Poetry
IF YOU HAD GONE, by LEXIE DEAN ROBERTSON Poet's Biography
First Line: And so I almost lost you? Oh, my dear
Last Line: Because I had not dared to tell you so.
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation
AND so I almost lost you? Oh, my dear,
Then I had lost the dawn of all the suns
That rise in opal beauty; not to hear
Your voiceand all the melody that runs
In silver singing from the throats of birds
Would cease forever. Life would be a dull
Harsh throb of pain with no forgetting. Words
Would lose their meaning. When a lone white gull
Went winging toward the sea my heart would break
With longing for your dear remembered smile.
Within my breast the unspent tears would ache
Through bitter years that marked each lonely mile.
And you, my dearest one, would never know,
Because I had not dared to tell you so.
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