Edward Wright Haile

Rookie - 20 Points (Virginia)

I Dare Not Step - Poem by Edward Wright Haile

I dare not step in the room where love is lying.
O the night, the frightful night descends
between us, and pretty evening ends
in a fine heap, long long frying and dying.

From outdoors in pitch dark, at window peep,
I watched my love unweave from garments lush,
and crossing arms feel up her skin, then pushing
cheeks, slide nudely in the glove of sleep,

switch black, the gray hole floating off blue dark,
and, because I watched her, just because,
therefore I could not join her in that perfect pause
before her love would vanish in a spark

of dreaming the non-existent reference,
before the dream itself intrudes the sense.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 26, 2007

Poem Edited: Monday, January 24, 2011

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