Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ONE WORD, by MYRTLE ADAMS



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First Line: Which of us uttered it? And why?
Last Line: One of us uttered, and one of us heard.
Subject(s): Talk


Which of us uttered it? And why? --
This little word that will not die.
Nothing has changed. No need to restore
That which is as it was before.
Now as ever your longings lean
To mine across the space between.
We talk and laugh; our intimate chat
Flutters mothlike from this to that.
As you were before, you are to me
And I to you. Yet suddenly
The simple gesture, smile and glance
Assume a sly significance,
And both of us know that into the room,
Like dank seamist, like breath from a tomb,
Has slithered the little ghost of a word
One of us uttered, and one of us heard.





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