Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ESTRANGEMENT, by WILLIAM WATSON

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First Line: So, without overt breach, we fall apart
Last Line: And idle is the rumour of the rose.
Alternate Author Name(s): Watson, John William
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of

So, without overt breach, we fall apart,
Tacitly sunder -- neither you nor I
Conscious of one intelligible Why,
And both, from severance, winning equal smart.
So, with resigned and acquiescent heart,
Whene'er your name on some chance lip may lie,
I seem to see an alien shade pass by,
A spirit wherein I have no lot or part.

Thus may a captive, in some fortress grim,
From casual speech betwixt his warders, learn
That June on her triumphal progress goes
Through arched and bannered woodlands; while for him
She is a legend emptied of concern,
And idle is the rumour of the rose.

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