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First Line: Not with a dull and constant ache
Last Line: Suddenly I see only cosmos flowers, blurring waves of color!
Subject(s): Mourning; Bereavement


Not with a dull and constant ache
Do I grieve for you,
But with sudden stabs of memory --

Spring clouds the trees with pink and white,
And perfumes the enchanted night.
I think of you and how you love
Orchard blooms
And lilac-scented rooms --
Suddenly I remember that no longer you see the trees you love!

Sometimes I chance upon a book
Of yours, and then I feel your look
Of rapture, as I watch you read,
The surprise
Of your bewildering eyes --
Suddenly I remember that you will never read to me again!

From nowhere comes your laughing voice,
Gay with some flippancy of choice
Bit of philosophy, your own.
I listen
As I always listened --
Suddenly I remember that it is only your voice as I heard it long ago!

Always when the cosmos blows
Waves of color down the garden rows,
I see you standing in its midst
Shoulder high,
Lost in ecstasy.
Suddenly I see only cosmos flowers, blurring waves of color!





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