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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Sonnets of Sorrow. 5. You understood the woman side of me

You understood the woman side of me;
My vanities you met with smiling lip;
The fabrics that I wore you first see,
And pass upon them with wise censorship,
You loved things not too sombre or too bright,
But tender toned with colours softly blent;
Yet, when I leaned above you, draped like night
You were unmindful and indifferent.

One sigh of mine, one tear upon my face
Wrenched your dear heart with sympathetic grief.
Yet, when I held you in that last embrace,
Torn with a torture which found no relief,
You lay and smiled with such a knowing air
Of mighty peace as if you did not care.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox's other poems:
  1. The Birth of the Opal
  2. The Awakening (I love the tropics, where sun and rain)
  3. The Chain
  4. At Forty-Eight
  5. Artist and Man

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