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(8 August 1884 – 29 January 1933 / Missouri)

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"I Am Not Yours"

I am not yours, not lost in you,
Not lost, although I long to be
Lost as a candle lit at noon,
Lost as a snowflake in the sea.

You love me, and I find you still
A spirit beautiful and bright,
Yet I am I, who long to be
Lost as a light is lost in light.

Oh plunge me deep in love -- put out
My senses, leave me deaf and blind,
Swept by the tempest of your love,
A taper in a rushing wind.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Sandra Feldman (4/11/2014 4:00:00 PM)

    Romanticism and Passion are not dead yet.! Your poem beautifully, full of them Thanks, for keeping those emotions alive. Excellent poem, thank you

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  • Thomas Vaughan Jones (4/11/2014 3:44:00 AM)

    Absolutely brilliant. A lady I would have wished to know. Such a sensual poem couched in such poetic language.

  • Katelin Taylor (4/10/2014 11:05:00 AM)

    I have never read this poet before! I'm a fan. Love it. What beauty and eloquence.

  • Sankar Sehanabis (4/10/2014 7:45:00 AM)

    Wonderful, Very emotional................... Awesome! Enjoyed a nice poem.

  • Patricia Grantham (4/10/2014 6:42:00 AM)

    A delightful and refreshing write. Unrequited but
    true love. Lovely expressions

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/10/2014 3:45:00 AM)

    Not as a candle lit in noon. the sentence illustrates the whole meaning of the poem and poet's feeling about the soul, spirit is well written in the poem.

  • Yogiraj Biplab (4/10/2014 2:20:00 AM)

    That is the soul in you, that you felt. What a sprit, the true sprit.

  • Lusapho Gladstone Nyembezi (4/10/2013 11:04:00 PM)

    Well written! Worthy to read!
    Able to change a reader's state of mind and emotions!

  • Savita Tyagi (4/10/2013 8:49:00 PM)

    Why do I get a sense that poet is talking more of spiritual love rather than worldly love? it's like I look at moon, knowing that I don't belong to it yet have longing for it.

  • Osama Waqar (4/10/2013 1:24:00 PM)

    Ah! : -) beautifully the pieces of these little words are wedged together.

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