Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, BROTHER, by WILLIAM ROSE BENET



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BROTHER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I could not tell you though I were crucified
Last Line: Aye, and when my need was, brother through the night!
Subject(s): Brotherhood; Family Life; Love - Nature Of; Men; Relationships; Relatives


I could not tell you though I were crucified
The depth of my love for you. Well, they call it "pride"!
But—come and walk with me!
Hold your peace or talk with me,—
All that matters now to me is—you are at my side.

Do I remember! You bring the Age of Gold.
Wonder-dreams we wove once your words, your ways unfold.
(Deep in the heart of me
This!) You are part of me,
Far the finer part of me—as it was of old.

So—I debate you o'er all the things we share.
Folk might think I hate you, for all I seem to care.
You will understand it, though.
Men with men have planned it so.
I am so afraid you might catch me unaware

Gazing—yes, gazing, as any woman might
Fondly in your face, at your eyes' quick laughing light,
Fondly,—meet for scorning!
Brother of our morning!
Aye, and when my need was, brother through the night!





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