Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LISTENING, by GRACE DENIO LITCHFIELD



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First Line: I listen and I listen
Last Line: Will linger at my door?
Subject(s): Memory; Solitude; Thought; Loneliness; Thinking


I LISTEN and I listen
For one I long to greet,
And I hear the ceaseless passing
Of footsteps on the street.

I hear them coming, coming,
So straight, so sure, so fast;
And I hush my heart to hearken.
But all the feet go past.

Will it be so for ever?
As on my bed I lie,
And count the pleasures coming,
Will every one go by?

Or may it one day happen,
That when I hark no more,
Some late lone joy, unnoticed,
Will linger at my door?





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