Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?, by PAUL VERLAINE



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First Line: The sky is up above the roof
Last Line: The youth away
Subject(s): Aging; Life; Mourning; Youth; Bereavement


The sky, above the roof,
Is so blue and so calm!
The tree above the roof
Cradles its palm.

The bell, in the sky we watch,
Quietly rings;
A bird on the tree we watch,
Mournfully sings.

Lord, O Lord, life is here
Gently fluttering down.
That peaceful stir we hear
Comes from the town.

—What have you done, you there
Endlessly weeping; in sooth,
What have you done, you there,
With your youth?





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