Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MEMORY, by HERBERT KAUFMAN



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First Line: The light / of the white night
Last Line: Might still.
Subject(s): Absence; Love - Loss Of; Memory; Pain; Separation; Isolation; Suffering; Misery


THE light
Of the white night—
The pale
Green veil
Of dawn
Is gone.
Gray day
Dulls the sky
And I lie
And yearn
And turn
The yellowed page of memory
And read to bleed.
Dear, all these years
My tears
Have stained the hidden chapter. It was well
To kill your love, but it is Hell
To face its ghost.
You were a lie as fair as ever slew a soul,
And yet if I might take my toll
Once more of kisses and caress
And press
Your God-hewn self again,
Perhaps the pain
Might still.





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