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First Line: Should I grieve with much grieving
Last Line: Need of you -- you!
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness

Should I grieve with much grieving,
Desolately alarmed
Because you go, leaving
Mirage, cool-throated, cold-armed?
Waste the strength of my teeth on stone, taste stone;
Moan implacably, moan
Now that you go, leaving me emptied, dried out and bleached to the bone?

Will not your young hair flow
With the same slow stress?
And someone else's nostrils know
The sharp smell of your sombre nakedness?
The pointed larkspur glitter of your eyes drive delicate blue
Radiantly through and through
Other bleak veins? . . . Yes, leave me! . . . The brute and the blind have
need of you -- you!

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