Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, BORDERLAND, by HERMAN KNICKERBOCKER VIELE



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BORDERLAND, by            
First Line: And have you been to borderland?
Last Line: Across the river I-forget.
Subject(s): Courtship; Forgetfulness; Rivers


AND have you been to Borderland?
Its country lies on either hand
Beyond the river I-forget.
One crosses by a single stone
So narrow one must pass alone,
And all about its waters fret—
The laughing river I-forget.

Beneath the trees of Borderland
One seems to know and understand,
Beside the river I-forget,
All languages of men and birds;
And all the sweet, unspoken words
One ever missed are murmured yet
By that sweet river I-forget.

One hears there many things afar
From cities where strange peoples are,
Beyond the river I-forget;
And stranger things are in the air,
But what they are one does not care,
For Hope lies sleeping and Regret
Beside the river I-forget.

Some day together hand in hand
I'll take you there to Borderland,
Beyond the river I-forget;
Some day when all our dreams come true,
One kiss for me and one for you,
We'll watch the red sun sink and set
Across the river I-forget.





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