Sunday, May 13, 2007

Unrequited Love

Because I liked you better
  Than suits a man to say,
It irked you, and I promised
  To throw the thought away.

To put the world between us
  We parted, stiff and dry;
‘Good-bye,’ said you, ‘forget me.’
  ‘I will, no fear’, said I.

If here, where clover whitens
  The dead man's knoll, you pass,
And no tall flower to meet you
  Starts in the trefoiled grass,

Halt by the headstone naming
  The heart no longer stirred,
And say the lad that loved you
  Was one that kept his word.

        A.E. Housman, More Poems, XXXI


He would not stay for me, and who can wonder?
  He would not stay for me to stand and gaze.
I shook his hand, and tore my heart in sunder,
  And went with half my life about my ways.

        A.E. Housman, Additional Poems, VII

1 comment:

Dan Weston said...

These poems are dedicated to GCF, my first true love. He was in his own life an avid student of unrequited love, in mine a compelling teacher. I could not muster the courage to risk our friendship for the possibility of romance, and found too late that I could not sustain a friendship without it.

It is a lesson best learned early in life, and it was my fate to do so. Pace.