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Poem by Dora Sigerson Shorter

The Blow Returned

I struck you once, I do remember well.
   Hard on the track of passion sorrow sped,
And swift repentance, weeping for the blow;
   I struck you onceand now youre lying dead!

Now you are gone the blow no longer sleeps
   In your forgiveness hushed through all the years;
But like a phantom haunts me through the dark,
   To cry You gave your own belovèd tears.

Stript now of all excuses, stern and stark,
   With all your small transgressings dimmed or fled,
The ghost returns the blow upon my heart
   I struck you onceand now youre lying dead.

Dora Sigerson Shorter

Dora Sigerson Shorter's other poems:
  1. Unknown Ideal
  2. In Any Garden
  3. Cean Duv Deelish
  4. I Prayed So Eagerly
  5. Wishes

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