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Aline Murray Kilmer

(1888-1941 / the USA)


  • ''I'm sorry you are wiser,
    I'm sorry you are taller;
    I liked you better foolish
    And I liked you better smaller.''
    Aline Murray Kilmer (1888-1944), U.S. poet. "For the Birthday of a Middle-Aged Child."
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WHEN a storm comes up at night and the wind is crying,
When the trees are moaning like masts on laboring ships,
I wake in fear and put out my hand to find you
With your name on my lips.

No pain that the heart can hold is like to this one–
To call, forgetting, into aching space,
To reach out confident hands and find beside you
Only an empty place.

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