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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


A Leaf


Somebody said, in the crowd, last eve,
That you were married, or soon to be.
I have not thought of you, I believe,
Since last we parted. Let me see:
Five long Summers have passed since then 
Each has been pleasant in its own way 
And you are but one of a dozen men
Who have played the suitor a Summer day.

But, nevertheless, when I heard your name,
Coupled with some ones, not my own,
There burned in my bosom a sudden flame,
That carried me back to the day that is flown.
I was sitting again by the laughing brook,
With you at my feet, and the sky above,
And my heart was fluttering under your look 
The unmistakable look of Love.

Again your breath, like a South wind, fanned
My cheek, where the blushes came and went;
And the tender clasp of your strong, warm hand
Sudden thrills through my pulses sent.
Again you were mine by Loves decree:
So for a moment it seemed last night,
When somebody mentioned your name to me.

Just for the moment I thought you mine 
Loving me, wooing me, as of old.
The tale remembered seemed half divine 
Though I held it lightly enough when told.
The past seemed fairer than when it was near,
As blessings brighten when taking flight,
And just for the moment I held you near 
When somebody mentioned your name last night.



Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox's other poems:
  1. The Birth of the Opal
  2. But a Dream
  3. The Awakening (I love the tropics, where sun and rain)
  4. The Breaking of Chains
  5. The Chain


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