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(26 September 1944 / Missouri - United States)

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Why do I sit by the window
Remembering what I should forget;
The ghost of your love likes to taunt me -
It lays in the place you once slept

When you extinguished love's fire,
I tried to rekindle the flame;
At times, I still deny the truth,
But tears that I shed bear your name

Let me cry, do not comfort me,
To temper this pain, I must learn;
I filled the midnight lamp with oil,
But now, for whom will it burn?

My trembling hands I raised to heaven,
And I brought the storm clouds down;
I prayed the rain might comfort me,
Then peace would come circling 'round

But your haunting voice still echoes
In the chambers of these empty halls;
O, how many good-byes must repeat
Before the blessed silence falls!

Submitted: Monday, October 07, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, October 08, 2013


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  • Savita Tyagi (10/16/2013 8:38:00 AM)

    Such a tender heart touching poem. True there is no goodbyes for loved ones but short meetings in memory.

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  • Pradip Chattopadhyay (10/8/2013 1:13:00 AM)

    a very touching poem indeed, Lora. there is no end to goodbyes for the beloved till the last breath.

  • Heather Wilkins (10/7/2013 6:08:00 PM)

    lora this is a beautiful well written poem. the last stanza is very touching. Reminds me of someone from my past. a good read

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