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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. The Kine of My Father
  2. An Imperfect Revolution
  3. You Will Not Come Again
  4. Sixteen Dead Men
  5. The Fairy Changeling


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