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First Line: It was such a short time ago
Last Line: Yet today I read a poem—?
Subject(s): Beauty; Poetry & Poets

It was such a short time ago,
When everything beautiful which I came across,
Every poem, every picture, every sunset,
I would store in my memory, or carry some way with-in me,
In order to have the double pleasure of feeling it, again, with you.
And I worshiped that sharing
For the intense joy I received from it,
And because it broke down those selfish barriers
Which years of loneliness had wrought within me.
So I would hunt avidly for things of beauty,
And the looking keened my eye and filed my soul
Until I could find beauty in every nook of the universe.

Now a sort of a veil has come between us;
A thin, transparent thing which keeps us apart,
So that I do not show my little treasures
For fear you no longer care to see, or understand.
And my eye has again grown dim; my soul blunted—.
Yet today I read a poem—?

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