Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, YOU SAID, by LOUIS UNTERMEYER

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First Line: You said, 'I will put a glowing armor about you'
Last Line: Keep your answer awhile . . . Yet awhile . . . I am coming to you.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lewis, Michael
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of

You said, "I will put a glowing armor about you
And wrap you secure in the visible flame of my love."
The garment may shine, but it has no fire without you.
I am cold in a lonely city. I look for you. Where have you gone?

You said, "I will always be with you whatever the distance."
Yet here, for all of the crowd, is an empty room.
Night gnaws through the music and talk with a hungry insistence.
Where have you gone? I call you. You do not reply.

You said, "I will come in the dark at your heart's lightest quiver;
My lips will be laid on your forehead wherever you are."
The talkers have gone; but you -- you are further than ever.
I plunge through a nightmare of hours that prod me awake.

You said -- but what does it matter? If sayings could heal me
I would be stronger than thought or promise of words.
Where now is the blaze to surround, the white armor to steel me?
Keep your answer awhile . . . yet awhile . . . I am coming to you.

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