Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LIFE AND ME, by DAVID IGNATOW

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First Line: I'm only a bystander
Last Line: In these lines.
Subject(s): Absence; Life; Separation; Isolation

I'm only a bystander,
I once inhabited you.
Now you are about to leave,
first having made me weak
and ill, so as to force me
to want to be rid of you.

Well, we were once good lovers
and took care of one another.

I gave you ecstasy,
you returned it doubly.
All right, you are tired,
I too am tired because of you.
Let's call it a day.
It was good knowing you.
Remember me in your grave,
I will remember you
in these lines.

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