Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MODERATION, by BERTON BRALEY



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First Line: Some fellows plead for just one of your glances
Last Line: All that I ask for is all that there is.
Subject(s): Moderation


Some fellows plead for just one of your glances
Asking to play with you, once in a while,
Others implore for occasional chances
When they may bask in the light of your smile.
That's fair enough, they are modest in pleading;
I'm a bit different; constantly I'm
Making it plain to you—am I succeeding?
All that I'm asking is all of your time!

"Give me a thought, now and then," say your wooers,
"I can't expect such an awful lot more."
I don't resemble your other pursuers;
"Think of me only," is what I implore.
Think of me night-times and think of me daytimes;
All of my mind with your glamour is fraught,
So in your quiet, your dull or your gay times
All that I'm asking is all of your thought.

Others may plead for a share of affection
Asking for only a bit of your heart—
Though it be merely the tiniest section—
I want the whole of it, not just a part.
All that I ask for is all of your leisure
All of your time and your love and—gee whiz,
What I desire is beyond any measure.
All that I ask for is all that there is.





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