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First Line: She kissed me when she said goodbye
Last Line: Good-bye.
Subject(s): Farewell; Kisses; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; Parting; First World War


SHE kissed me when she said good-bye—
A child's kiss, neither bold nor shy.

We had met but a few short summer hours;
Talked of the sun, the wind, the flowers,

Sports and people; had rambled through
A casual catchy song or two,

And walked with arms linked to the car
By the light of a single misty star.

(It was war-time, you see, and the streets were dark
Lest the ravishing Hun should find a mark.)

And so we turned to say good-bye;
But somehow or other, I don't know why,

—Perhaps 't was the feel of the khaki coat
(She'd a brother in Flanders then) that smote

Her heart to a sudden tenderness
Which issued in that swift caress—

Somehow, to her, at any rate
A mere hand-clasp seemed inadequate;

And so she lifted her dewy face
And kissed me—but without a trace

Of passion,—and we said good-bye ...
A child's kiss, ... neither bold nor shy.

My friend, I like you—it seemed to say—
Here's to our meeting again some day!
Some happier day ...
Good-bye.





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