Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, VARIATIONS: 8, by CONRAD AIKEN



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First Line: In the mazes of loitering people, the watchful and furtive
Last Line: To divide us forever.
Variant Title(s): Chance Meetings
Subject(s): Love


In the mazes of loitering people, the watchful and furtive,
The shadows of tree-trunks and shadows of leaves,
In the drowse of the sunlight, among the low voices,
I suddenly face you,

Your dark eyes return for a space from her who is with you,
They shine into mine with a sunlit desire,
They say an "I love you, what star do you live on?"
They smile and then darken,
And silent I answer "You too -- I have known you -- I love you!" --
And the shadows of tree-trunks and shadows of leaves
Interlace with low voices, and footsteps, and sunlight,
To divide us forever.





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