A poem that touched my heart long ago

You loved me for a little,
You could not love me long;
You gave me wings of gladness
And lent my spirit song.

You loved me for an hour
But only with your eyes;
Your lips I could not capture
By storm or by surprise.

Your mouth that I remember
With a rush of sudden pain
As one remembers starlight
Or roses in the rain.

Out of a world of laughter
Suddenly I am sad…
Day and night it haunts me,
The kiss I never had.

“Midsummer” Sidney King Russell

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